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Report on decentralization in Brazil

By Sérgio Baierle: This document is a report on the status of the political and territorial decentralization and local development in Brazil. Its basis is a former document written by Cidade for the II Cumbre Iberoamericana por la Descentralización del Estado y el Desarrollo Local, held in San Salvador from July 20 to July 22, […]

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Urban struggles in Porto Alegre: between political revolution and transformism

By Sérgio Baierle: There are two ways to react to the relatively small relevance that popular participation eventually achieved in the Lula administration. One of them is the critique of  constraints internal to the government, of political views that were consolidated as advocacy guidelines  and have prevented the few participatory channels from carrying out projects […]

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Urb-Al 9: The network base document and the Brazilian experience with PB

The Network 9 Base Document integrates 25 experiences of participative budgets that were documented by the own cities starting from a questionnaire common of 50 questions. It describes the cases of 11 brazilian cities, nine of the rest of Latin America and five of European experiences.  Elaborated by the Specialists Yves Cabannes and Sérgio Baierle, […]

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Misery and a waste of politics: Lula’s swamp

By Sérgio Baierle: At the end of 2002, one month after Lula became President of Brazil, the Brazilian media was talking about the Zero Hunger Program and discussed proposals of social inclusion. Social issues had, at last, become the focal point of public debate. Renown economists of the Left appeared on TV and advocated an […]

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