Action research on local governance of social cohesion
In support with the General Secretariat of the Interministerial Committee of Cities (SG-CIV), the National Observatory of Decentralized Social Action (Odas) pilots an action research program on local governance of social cohesion.
From an in-depth qualitative investigation in a dozen towns, developments and prospects of local government systems are questioned, in a context of economic and social crisis and institutional reform. Ultimately, the objective is to analyze the conditions for enhancing the impact of local public action on social cohesion and "living together".
The goal of this program is both methodological, to produce knowledge from a shared diagnosis, and prescriptive, to lead to strategic and operational orientations helping municipal decisions. The adaptation of public devices and integrated approach should provide a better understanding of how local governments (cities and partners), leading actors of social inclusion, are organized within them and between them to address issues of social cohesion.