La Universidad: Comuna De Ciudadanos

Translated title of the contribution: The University: Citizens Commune

Javier Herrán Gómez, Jose Enrique Juncosa Blasco

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The first stage of the reflection on the academic, management and decision-making practices of the Salesian Polytechnic University followed the steps of Elinor Ostrom's analysis of the common use of goods over time by institutions and culminated in the publication of the text The University: a common good (Solórzano, 2018). Now, demands emerge in the same university for the creation of an institutional environment capable of ensuring such practices based on community values capable of generating a model of communal management. This article takes up those demands analytically and deepens the option and experience gained by a university as a common good in dialogue with other contributions, mainly those of Laval and Dardot (2015), for whom the common does not arise from the right of ownership over something but from the exercise of deliberation over the use and management of the common goods. At the same time, the reflection of the Andean thought on the commune (Patzi, 2009; Pilataxi, 2014) and its logics of decision making is traced. Finally, it defines the specific profile of the communal system vis-à-vis the institutional system, which also governs university life. The university is based on collaboration and consensus; at the same time, it collectively produces and sustains common goods, such as shared knowledge and different professions. The communal university promotes self-governance and autonomy insofar as the university institution acts and responds in reference to the external legal environment.
Translated title of the contributionThe University: Citizens Commune
Original languageSpanish (Ecuador)
Title of host publicationThe University: Comuna de Citizens
PublisherEditorial Abya-Yala
ISBN (Print)978-9978-10-369-2
StatePublished - 26 May 2019


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