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This thesis is set to analyse and comprehend some important characteristics and possibilities that go into creating and developing government policies, for the young in Argentina, especially those defined as participative. To do so, we gather information from the experience in Programa Jóvenes Padre Mugica from the national youth management from 2008 to 2011. We investigate the different ways institutional strategies create ways to comprehend participation and at the same time compromises a normative supremacy stereotype on younger people. Taking into consideration several insights related to this: the socio-economic, political (national and international) context, multiple factors involved and particular sub-national experiences from Corrientes and Santiago del Estero. Precisely in these four chapters the focal point it’s to show the linkage between diverse dimensions/elements that result to be fundamental in the creation of a work schedule for young people, focused on participating whilst studying institutional framing and its evolving issues during their involvement.

As shown in chapter number one, the political anthropology and the ethnography of state end up acquiring a distinctiveness as long as this investigation deals with both. Working with the estate, around the younger ones, as well as being a part of the program dedicated to study and investigate the university looking to determine a dissertations degree. I called this investigating public management, and I allow myself to reflect and analyse this process of public policy, which I have been a part of, dealing with resources and knowledge from the public governance and academic concerns. In this chapter, the principal theoretical and methodological ideas are being elaborated to illustrate this proposal.

In chapter number two the focal point it is set on the socio-political conditions that made the design and execution of Programa Jóvenes Padre Mugica possible. As well as focusing on the daily work schedule of the youth state agency and the framework of workers who participated in the administration during that time. Especially, it is important to show the cleavages existing at workspaces such as some tension or settlements between workers and the usual and characteristically behaviour that defines the Dirección Nacional de Juventud as well as the government administration in general.

In chapter three we go over the symbolic and cultural proportions of the production of public policies from various present narratives, such as speeches, institutional documents and official videos to reconstruct figures and appeals to the past which held a process of collective constructs promoted by the government administration. With this in mind, it becomes clear the development of a way of working towards the benefit of young people around public issues. In this way, the production of youth does not come just from a mere registration. It is also the result of the state’s intervention with a programme named after the priest Carlos Mugica.

In the analysis of the most important aspects of a national programme from the state agency towards youth, one should not forget the state-centred and the national-level analysis. That is why in the fourth chapter the subnational perspective it is introduced through comparing the singularities acquired by the implementation of the programme in Corrientes and Santiago del Estero. As we held analysis towards the figures or local institutions that have intervened, the conditions of possibility that have given shelter to the national programme have been recovered in each case. Furthermore, we investigate and try to come up with ways of appropriating and re-signifying materials, symbolic tools and resources from people involved in their participation with the national state programme.

Lastly, in conclusion, we recall and systematize the principal findings and contributions to this investigation. Also, we display some challenges to be taken as new issues to the investigation, in correlation with this thesis, like possible suggestions to incorporate to the dynamic of the state management. To carry this investigation forward it was very valuable the studies and investigational work carried by the Grupo de Estudios de Políticas y Juventudes (IIGG-UBA). They articulate the collective interest of young people’s involvement in activism and movements related to the state, their involvement in the process of creating public policies and socio-state production for the young.

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