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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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Porto Alegre néolibéral : décapitation social-capitaliste des leaders communautaires et limites du New Public Management

Pour Sergio Baierle: “Le Budget Participatif existe encore, on ne peut le nier, mais en tant que parodie. Ses vertus passées lui confèrent une aura, visible dans l’attachement des délégués et conseillers au dispositif. Mais il est manipulé par la municipalité, dans une stratégie mêlant le glamour de la philanthropie et un froid calcul politique. […]

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Participatory Budgeting and the Radical Imagination: In Europe but not in Canada?

By Terry Maley, Abstract: Participatory budgets are recent interventions that have sought to counter neoliberalism in the global south and north. I critically assess the claim that they constitute new democratic spaces in which marginal and poor citizens create practices of self-government based on principles of social justice and democratic deliberation. Tracing the migration of […]

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Participatory Budgeting Today: Proliferation, Compromise, Diversification

By Dave Lewit, Alliance for Democracy, 25 August 2010: In 25 years the great democratic participatory budgeting (PB) 
experiment has spread from southern Brazil to more than a thousand 
municipalities all over the world, and yes, it has been adopted not 
just by cities but by schools, housing colonies, student governments—
wherever there are large constituencies […]

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Participatory Budgeting in the Andes: Between Governmentality and the Infrapolitics of Resistance

John D. Cameron Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada A better understanding of the differences between the ‘public performances’ and ‘backstage commentaries’ of poor and marginalized people in participatory budget schemes is important for both development practitioners and scholars. For practitioners, it is important to recognize that people may take part in participatory budget meetings […]

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Budgets by the People

Participatory democracy, Brazil-style, is running into problems By Michael Fox “Although the Workers’ Party lost control of the city government in 2004, Mayor Fogaça (who was re-elected last year under the centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement Party) promised to maintain the process. On its 20th anniversary, this year’s assemblies had surprisingly high participation thanks to the […]

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Shoot the citizen, save the customer: participatory budgeting and bare citizenship

By Sérgio Baierle “In this text we reasoned that the deconstruction of the popular-democratic project in Brazil opened space for the reemergence of the neoliberal project as a hegemonic act, meaning that it was based on active acquiescence. Articulated by the concept of good governance, this new version of the same concept, now in its […]

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Participative Democracy: Community Participation or Technocratic Elitism

By Richard Nash, (University of the Sunshine Coast – Paper presented to the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference University of Tasmania, Hobart, 29 September – 1 October 2003) Abstract: Discussions on natural resource management promote the idea of community participation as a central mechanism for collaborative politics, participatory democracy and sustainable development. The employment of […]

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Lost for Words?

Goetz Ottmann Lost for words? : Brazilian liberationism in the 1990s Pittsburgh, Pa.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002

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L’ère des contrats : les ONG et l’insoutenable marchandisation de la solidarité

Sérgio Baierle: [excerpt] Nous pouvons identifier ce processus comme une extension de la marchandisation des rapports sociaux au domaine de la « solidarité ». À l’encontre de cette tendance, on ne trouve guère qu’une certaine nostalgie du fordisme, le rêve d’un retour à l’État comme garant du plein emploi et des droits sociaux. Rêve impossible […]

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Two Democraties, Two Legalities: Participatory Budgeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil

Boaventura de Sousa Santos Chapter 13 of Boaventura de Sousa Santos and César A. Rodríguez-Garavito (eds.) Law and Counter-Hegemonic Globalization: Toward a Subaltern Cosmopolitan Legality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. See file at: http://www.ces.uc.pt/bss/documentos/chapter13.pdf Powered by ScribeFire.

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Participatory Budgets: The Peruvian Experience

Carlos Monge Grupo Propuesta Ciudadana Lima, june 2004 Presented at the International Conference on Local Development, World Bank, Washington, D.C., June 16-18, 2004 See PPT at: http://www1.worldbank.org/sp/ldconference/Materials/Parallel/PS1/PS1_S5_PPT3.pdf

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