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Still a Game of Thrones

O agonismo nas relações sociais do Partido, dos espaços públicos da sociedade civil e do sistema administrativo estatal: a experiência da Administração Popular em Porto Alegre . Por César Filomena: [Resumo] Esta é uma pesquisa que interpreta os movimentos que influenciaram as disputas pela montagem e pela condução política das quatro gestões coordenadas pelo Partido […]

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Entrevista: OP agoniza em Porto Alegre

Entrevista ao Comitê Popular da Copa em Porto Alegre: “Porto Alegre é conhecida mundialmente por ser a cidade da participação popular, dos Fóruns Sociais. Mas na avaliação do cientista político Sérgio Baierle, ativista da ONG Cidade, atualmente trata-se de uma participação cívico-folclórica, um ritual identitário sem maiores consequências. Assim como ocorre o acampamento gaudério no Parque da Harmonia ou o […]

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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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Wilts the darling of Latin American Left

NGOs as shadow pseudopublics: Grassroots community leaders’ perceptions of change and continuity in Porto Alegre, Brazil – By Benjamin Junge: [Abstract] In this article, I examine changing meanings of participation for grassroots community leaders in Porto Alegre, Brazil, since the 2004 defeat of the Workers Party (PT) municipal government and a subsequent rise in the […]

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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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Participatory Budgeting: Space, Difference and Governmentality across Buenos Aires

By Ryan Centner: [Abstract] Techniques of absence describe some of the potentially anti-deliberative practices that haunt recently widespread participation-based governance schemes. Techniques of absence remove certain kinds of people – on a spatialised basis – from crucial ‘democratic’ conversations. To illustrate these, I use ethnographic accounts from the implementation of a citywide participatory budgeting programme in three neighbourhoods across Buenos Aires, […]

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The populist dance of Participatory Budgeting numbers in Porto Alegre

By Sérgio Baierle: Every year is the same civic governmentality routine.  The local government begins the Participatory Budgeting cycle with a fireworks show. The real content of participation doesn’t matter. The show is the government. The measure of success for Participatory Budgeting (PB), as stated in the multi-year plan, is solely the number of participants in the assemblies. In […]

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A miséria participativa e a participação miserável

Crítica do orçamento participativo – Pelo Grupo Fim da Linha: Em Porto Alegre, o assim chamado Orçamento Participativo (OP) ocupa o centro de debates, brigas e xingamentos, já virou ponto de parada turística de excursões de europeus, e foi o principal motivo da escolha de Porto Alegre como sede do Forum Social Mundial. O OP, […]

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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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Que reste-t-il de l’expérience pionnière de Porto Alegre ?

Par Simon Langelier (pour Le Monde Diplomatique): Emblématique du potentiel démocratique des collectivités locales, le budget participatif de Porto Alegre a ouvert la voie à des expériences sociales et politiques jusque-là inédites dans le monde. S’il a montré qu’une autre répartition des pouvoirs entre citoyens et institutions était viable, il doit désormais affronter le risque […]

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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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Civil society in Latin America: Participatory citizens or service providers?

By Evelina Dagnino: (…) “The recognition of the heterogeneity of civil society is important not only in theoretical terms, as a field of conflict, but is also evident in empirical terms across the continent. From the paramilitary organisations of Colombia to market-oriented NGOs or entrepreneurial foundations in Brazil; from corporatist trade-unions in Argentina to indigenous […]

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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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