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Madrid, December 7
This year, the Annual Conference on Democracy and Citizenship in its sixth edition dealt with political disaffection, reactionary populism and day-to-day problems.
The Cabildo de Gran Canaria, through the Directorate for Citizen Participation, once again organized the Annual Conference on Democracy and Citizenship, a consolidated event on the agenda of events on politics and democracy on the islands, and which is in its sixth edition. This year it was entitled Democracy, or things to eat?, where current democracy, political disaffection and whether democracy is really solving the common problems of citizens were analyzed. In the institutional presentation, Antonio Morales Méndez, president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, recalled that politics is, according to the CIS, a problem for citizens. "It is a very serious problem that the exercise of politics is seen as a problem for citizens," he declared. For his part, Jorge Pérez Artiles, director of Citizen Participation of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, focused on the need to build, together with citizens, a participatory public policy. Subsequently, the journalist Eduardo Araujo Betancor moderated a discussion with two authoritative voices in the world of social and political analysis. We are talking about Joaquim Brugué i Torruela, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Girona, and Cristina Monge Lasierra, sociologist and political scientist specializing in social movements, climate emergency and ecological transition. In this conversation, the lack of connection between citizenship and politics was addressed, data confirmed by the CIS barometer. As a result of this disconnection, they cited the "populisms with authoritarian roots that are growing in Europe, and that are presented as a solution to the chronic poverty and social inequality that grips a population that disbelieves before the institutions." The delegitimization of politics and the social and democratic advances of the last decades were also analyzed in this act.
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