Insufficiencies of a bottom-up approach at the time of fake news

Parco del Locarnese refusal example




protected areas, bottom-up processes, fake news, consensus, Parco del Locarnese, Switzerland


This paper analyses the public debate that led to the 2018 vote of refusal of the Locarnese National Park, Switzerland. Discursive analysis allows to highlight an important difference between the way of understanding reality by detractors and supporters of the project. This discursive asynchrony and a lack of trust in the institutions rendered the public debate sterile. This calls for a rethinking of the formally bottom-up approach mobilised by the institutions, at the same time encouraging more participation in planning decisions but also greater education about urban reality. The paper concludes that institutions cannot promote the creation and acceptance of bottom-up territorial projects without addressing the challenges posed by fake news.

Biografia do Autor

Mosè Paride Alessandro Ruggero Cometta, Università degli Studi di Torino

Visiting researcher at the Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences from the University of Turin (Università degli Studi di Torino – Italy). Professor Cometta holds a PhD in Geography from the Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne. His main research interests are identity construction processes, cultural hegemony struggles, political and territorial philosophy. ORCID-ID:


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Como Citar

Cometta, M. P. A. R. (2021). Insufficiencies of a bottom-up approach at the time of fake news: Parco del Locarnese refusal example. Revista Brasileira De Estudos Políticos, 122, 447-478.