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Inventing local democracy : grassroots politics in Brazil

Author: Rebecca Abers
Publisher: Boulder : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Abers (political science, Center for Public Policy Research, U. of Brasília, Brazil) provides a close study of innovative city government in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Led by the Workers' Party, the city implemented a participatory budget program in which residents meet in their neighborhoods to determine budget priorities. Taking place in a city long dominated by patronage politics and elite rule, the story is both a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rebecca Abers
ISBN: 1555878938 9781555878931
OCLC Number: 43555350
Description: xii, 269 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Participation, Empowerment, and State-Society Relations --
Urban Politics and Neighborhood Organizing in Brazil --
Transforming Local Governance: The PT and the Challenges of Participation --
From Ideals to Practice: Building Participatory Policy --
Participation and Governability --
Building Political Support --
Integrating the Excluded --
Who Participates? Inequality and the Participatory Budget Process --
Mobilizing Neighborhoods --
Emerging Political Capacities --
From Clientelism to Cooperation: Strengthening Civic Organizations --
Building "Enlarged Thinking" --
Resisting Co-optation, Contesting Government Control --
Overcoming the Dilemmas of Participatory Democracy.
Responsibility: Rebecca Neaera Abers.

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In 1989, the government of Porto Alegre, Brazil, implemented a paticipatory budget programme. This book tells their story, providing a sociopolitical study of the impact that state-sponsored  Read more...

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