Open government needs a democratic culture and public spaces that imply a return to the link between politics and the common. Confronted with neoliberalism, which threatens to weaken public institutions and belittles the civil service that embodies them, if citizens feel orphaned and display a progressive distrust of the institutions that represent them, it is important to reflect on what the priorities should be in order to imagine reforms that provide democracy with mechanisms to defend social rights and control mechanisms against market abuses.
But what to change in a world that changes everything so as not to alter anything?
If we believe that institutions are made up of people, they must subvert the situation.
What model of public servant does the democracy of the 21st century need?
The academic community insists on technical concepts such as efficiency, privatization, digitalization but forgets what throughout history has been the critical soul of philosophical thought in the political arena; ethics.
There is an urgent need for a political pedagogy that insufflates in the people who administer the public ethical principles that vertebrate their action towards good practices and their management towards the common.
In this module entitled "Ethical Principles for Open Government" we will stress the need for ethics as a guarantee of the good work of democratic institutions.
How are we going to do it? Deliberating. Participating. Mistaking and inventing. We are going to build a decalogue of ethical principles that will serve as a common scenario for people working in public institutions to feel worthy of their service and regain the trust of the citizenry.
If Pedagogy is the home where politics and ethics are understood, if politics is the art of making decisions that affect others and ethics is the ability to discriminate against the personal interest of the common good, let us reflect together on what principles should guide the people who make up public institutions so that they are guarantors of democracy.
Mª Lourdes C. González Luis
Mª Lourdes C. González Luis is PhD in Philosophy and Educational Sciences. Professor of History of Pedagogical Thought at the ULL. Founder and Director of the Center for Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies at ULL (CEILAM), Director of the Master's Degree in Advanced Pedagogical and IP Studies of the Erasmus + TOGIVE Project. ). Author of several works, books and magazines on critical pedagogy, complex pedagogical thinking, parity democracy and social justice policies.
Angela Sierra González
Ángela Sierra González has a PhD in Philosophy and a degree in Law. Professor and Researcher of Political Innovation and Open Government at ULL (CEILAM and Erasmus+ TOGIVE). Author of several books and magazines on gender, parity democracy and violence against women. Founder of the Cultural and Scientific Chair of Critical Hermeneutics of the UNED and ULL. Member of the International Research Collective on the Culture of Peace.
Andrés González Novoa
Andrés González Novoa is PhD in Education and Professor of Pedagogy. Professor and Researcher of Political Innovation (CEILAM and Erasmus+ TOGIVE) and of Adult Education in Penitentiary Institutions (IFE Cum Laude). He is editorial secretary of Mnemósyne Magazine and a writer with more than thirty publications on literature, pedagogy, theatre, art, education and politics.
Pedro Perera Méndez
Pedro Perera Méndez. PhD in Education and Professor of Pedagogy and different Masters at the ULL. Professor and Researcher of Political Pedagogy, Governance and Citizenship (CEILAM and Erasmus+ TOGIVE). Expert in Collectives at Risk of Social Exclusion. Expert in Planning and Management of Socio-Educational Projects. Author of several works and articles on education and politics.
Mª Belén San Nicolás Santos
Lecturer in Didactics and Educational Research at the Faculty of Education of the University of La Laguna (Spain). Degree in Pedagogy and PhD in Pedagogy from the University of La Laguna. She has experience as a researcher in various studies on the incorporation of ICT in the educational system and e-learning in the university.