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Agamben: A democracia é um conceito ambíguo

Entrevista com Giorgio Agamben “Diria que a democracia é menos um conceito genérico do que ambíguo. Usamos esse conceito como se fosse a mesma coisa na Atenas do século V e nas democracias contemporâneas. Como se estivesse em todos os lugares e sempre bem claro de que se trata. A democracia é uma ideia incerta, […]

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Qual Democracia?

Por Edson Teles: “Contudo, o golpe contra a democracia já foi dado. Muito provavelmente estrategicamente incluído enquanto possibilidade nos passos originários da transição da ditadura para a democracia. Os mesmos passos do pacto de impunidade em relação aos torturadores da ditadura, cuja função não foi alterada por nenhum dos governos civis da democracia, sendo que […]

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Vota Cícero

Por Lidia Storoni: Era este o círculo exclusivo, composto por soberbos proprietários, os detentores dos cargos lucrativos; classe a qual, uma vez abandonada a atitude plebeia que parecia sua nos discursos contra Verres, Cícero era agora totalmente devoto (porém, com o passar dos anos ainda denunciará o hedonismo, a insensibilidade moral daqueles nobres: não pensam […]

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Marx and the invention of post-capitalist politics

“Once the social revolution is accomplished and the modern State and its representative and governance institutions have been superseded, how should, according to Marx himself, politics be in the communist society?” Book Review (Pogrebinschi, Thamy. 2009. O enigma do político. Marx contra a política moderna. Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira), by Adriano Codato [1] A book that, […]

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Bodies in Alliance and the Politics of the Street

By Judith Butler: In the last months there have been, time and again, mass demonstrations on the street, in the square, and though these are very often motivated by different political purposes, something similar happens: bodies congregate, they move and speak together, and they lay claim to a certain space as public space. Now, it […]

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Non-representationist, Presentist Democracy

By Isabell Lorey: The young protest is most welcome. The many national and increasingly transnational protest movements of 2011 meet with much sympathy, especially when they are ‘non-violent’. At last there is a collective uprising against the political, economic and social developments in financial market capitalism, the untenable precarious living and working conditions in neoliberalism, […]

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Vivienda Social en Europa desde 1945

Por Luis Moya y otros: OBJETO DEL TRABAJO: – El trabajo presente es una reflexión colectiva de profesores de disciplinas complementarias dentro de la arquitectura, sobre la vivienda social europea de los países considerados como avanzados en este campo. Nuestro objetivo es aprender de ellos, adaptando lo positivo, no repitiendo lo negativo, y aportando nuevas […]

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Los Consejos Comunales: ¿Avance o retroceso para la democracia venezolana?

By Benjamin Goldfrank: [Resumen] El presente artículo aborda el debate en torno a los consejos comunales de Venezuela, un mecanismo de participación ciudadana promovido por el gobierno de Hugo Chávez con especial fuerza a partir de 2005. Luego de exponer brevemente su historia y principales características institucionales, describe la producción académica en torno al tema, […]

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Participatory Decision Making: A Field Experiment on Manipulating the Votes

By Paolo Spada and James Raymond Vreeland: Many believe that deliberative democracy, where individuals discuss alternatives before voting on them, should result in collectively superior outcomes because voters become better informed and decisions are justified using reason. These deliberations typically involve a moderator, however, whose role has been under-examined. We conduct a field experiment to […]

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La démocratie délibérative à l’épreuve du militantisme

By Iris Marion Young: “La culture populare, qu’il s’agisse du cinéma ou de la chanson, offre bien des exemples de célébration des mouvements en faveur de la justice sociale qui descendent dans la rue lorsque les protestataires sont convaincus que les institutions existantes et leurs procédures habituelles ne servent qu’à renforcer le statu quo. Ce […]

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The Antinomies of the Postpolitical City: In Search of a Democratic Politics of Environmental Production

By Erik Swyngedouw: [Abstract] In recent years, urban research has become increasingly concerned with the social, political and economic implications of the techno-political and socio-scientific consensus that the present unsustainable and unjust environmental conditions require a transformation of the way urban life is organized. In the article, I shall argue that the present consensual vision […]

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Deliberating Democracy: Scenes from a Brazilian Municipal Health Council

By Andrea Cornwall: [excerpt] What this case suggests is that deliberative democratic theory might usefully pay closer attention to contention and contestation as attributes of a deliberative process that strengthen, rather than threaten, its democratic potential. Spaces of “empowered participatory governance” like the conselho are not just neutral management spaces, they are inherently political spaces: […]

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From petista way to Brazilian way: How the PT changes in the road

By Benjamin Goldfrank and Brian Wampler: When Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva won Brazil’s presidency in 2002, he and his Workers’ Party (PT) had most observers convinced that this was a watershed moment for the country’s democracy. After all, the PT had built a reputation for over twenty years for good government and ethics in […]

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Lula’s Brazil

By Perry Anderson: “Material betterment is not social empowerment” (…) From the start, Lula had been committed to helping the poor. Accommodation of the rich and powerful would be necessary, but misery had to be tackled more seriously than in the past. His first attempt, a Zero Hunger scheme to assure minimum sustenance to every […]

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Tous contre la finance ?

Par Anselm Jappe: Apparemment, les choses sont simples. La crise financière qui a éclaté en 2008, et qui est loin d’être terminée, a révélé le véritable visage du capitalisme contemporain : l’économie, et finalement la société tout entière, sont dominées par la haute finance. Les banques, les assurances et les fonds de placement n’investissent pas dans […]

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