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La calle para quien la ocupa

Las condiciones sociopolíticas de la globalización no hegemónica en México DF – Por Carlos Alba Vega: “Entreverada con la globalización existe una otra globalización no hegemónica, que no la contradice ni la niega, sino que aprovecha sus intersticios y sus vacíos para sacar también provecho de la producción, la circulación y el consumo globalizados.” [Excerpts] […]

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Democracia participativa y sostenibilidad ambiental

Por Benjamin Goldfrank: [EXTRACTO] ” (…) los mandatos nacionales solo han logrado hasta ahora un éxito limitado a la hora de fomentar la participación ciudadana y ampliar el acceso a los servicios públicos. Si muchos alcaldes se niegan a realizar una implementación total del pp, o lo aplican con prácticas corruptas o criterios partidistas, los […]

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Transformation Institutionalized? Making Sense of Participatory Democracy in the Lula Era

By Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Einar Braathen, Ana Claudia Teixeira [1]: Introduction – Brazil’s recent social changes have been dramatic. Apart from the impressive reduction in poverty and seemingly inexhaustible economic growth of recent years, the country’s politics seem like a testament to the possibilities of social-movement driven change. With the end of the military dictatorship (1964-85), […]

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As contradições da frente neo desenvolvimentista

Por Armando Boito Jr.: [excerpt] “A frente neodesenvolvimentista é a frente política integrada por classes e frações de classe muito heterogêneas que sustentou os governos Lula da Silva e que, agora, sustenta o governo Dilma. Essa frente representa prioritariamente os interesses de um setor importante da burguesia brasileira que é a grande burguesia interna. Essa […]

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Cooperativización: algunas aproximaciones a las relaciones actuales entre Estado capitalista y sectores subalternos

Por Mariana Giaretto: “El análisis de las relaciones entre Estado y clases subalternas a partir de experiencias concretas de tomas de tierras urbanas nos ha permitido identificar a la cooperativización como un proceso en el que se entrelazan complejamente tanto mecanismos estatales de dispersión del conflicto social como estrategias de subsistencia de los sectores populares.” […]

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Mucho ciberactivismo… pocos votos: Antanas Mockus y el Partido Verde colombiano

Por Omár Rincon: [ABSTRACT] El ex-alcalde de Bogotá Antanas Mockus y su «ola verde» constituyeron un auténtico caso de ciberactivismo en la campaña presidencial colombiana de 2010. Una ilusión democrática creada en internet convocó a jóvenes y ciudadanos sofisticados a cambiar un país sobre la base de la promesa de legalidad, pero la historia terminó […]

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Municipal Neoliberalism and Municipal Socialism: Urban Political Economy in Latin America

By Benjamin Goldfrank and Andrew Schrank: The following article identifies two different urban policy regimes in Latin America — neoliberal and socialist—and traces their origins to the distinct interests and capacities of local elites and activists in the region’s cities in the mid-to-late twentieth century. While agricultural and commercial interests paid a high price for […]

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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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Civil Society and State-Building in Latin America

By Rebecca Abers and Margareth Keck: In this essay we will suggest that significant barriers to deepening democracy in much of Latin America include not just the weakness of civil society vis-à-vis the state, but also the weakness of the state itself vis-à-vis its public administrative, technical, and enforcement functions. This is not a recent […]

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In the Streets or in the Institutions?

By Jeffrey Rubin: Social movements in Brazil have experienced a unique trajectory: they have grown and flourished during a twenty-year period of discernible and highly uneven democratic deepening. As a result, Brazilian activists face ongoing and urgent questions about the location of politics. Since the mid-1980s, many grassroots activists have opted to move from “the […]

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Las Alas de Leo: La participación ciudadana del siglo XX

By Pedro Prieto Martín: [excerpt] La sostenibilidad es también un aspecto vital de la participación ciudadana. La existencia de lo que en el apartado II.6.2 denominamos como el “monopolio político-administrativo de la participación” da cuenta de lo difícil que resulta desarrollar fórmulas de participación autónoma que sean realmente auto-sostenibles. Nuestro análisis del OP nos ha mostrado, […]

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Political Competition and the Diffusion of Policy Innovations in Local Government: the Case of Participatory Budgeting in Brazil

By Paolo Spada (Yale University – September 2010): (…) “The diffusion of participatory budgeting does not exibit over time the S-shape typical of many technocratic policy innovations. I propose two mechanisms that explain the unusual diffusion of participatory budgeting in the Brazilian case. The first posits that participatory budgeting is adopted by mayors looking to […]

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The humanitarian myth

By Richard Seymour Within days of Haiti suffering an earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale, the U.S. government had sent thousands of 82nd Airborne troops and Marines, alongside the super-carrier USS Carl Vinson. By this Sunday, a total of more than 20,000 U.S. troops were scheduled to be operating in Haiti, both on land […]

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Client-ship and Citizenship in Latin America

By Lucy Taylor Read full article at Bulletin of Latin American Research (…) Despite such critiques, many people in many ways are becoming more like citizens. They are more certain of their value as individuals in relation to others who are richer and more powerful, and they are better aware of their rights (because the […]

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