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Um desastre de governo

Por Paulo Muzell: Dando uma de “bonzinho”, Fortunati beneficiou os empresários. Tarifa calculada pelo TCE: 2,85. Redução do PIS/COFINS, menos 3,68%, passa a 2,74. Isenção do ISSQN, menos 2,5% e temos o que seria a tarifa final: 2,67. Ao fixar em 2,80, o prefeito deu um “plus tarifário” de 13 centavos para a ATP. O […]

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Porto Alegre das construtoras

Pelo Blog Quem dá Mais? – “A campanha de José Fortunati arrecadou cerca de R$ 5,5 milhões, com R$ 3,7 milhões (67% do total) provenientes de companhias de construção (…) Percebemos portanto uma forte preferência do setor de construção pelo candidato Fortunati, que sozinho recebeu um montante quase 7 vezes maior que os demais candidatos.” […]

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Crise do sujeito, otimismo cruel e exclusão participativa

Por Sérgio G. Baierle: Discuto aqui a crise do sujeito nos movimentos populares urbanos e seus territórios – favelas e vilas populares sobretudo –, à luz da mutação de suas condições de reprodução social, as quais tinham por base o que venho atualmente chamando de paradigma do otimismo cruel (as contradições do desejo de modernidade). […]

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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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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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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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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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Environment-Brazil: Red Card for Porto Alegre?

From IPS News, By Clarinha Glock* – IPS/IFEJ: PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, Jul 18 (IPS) – The southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre, a pioneer in participatory budgets and environmental policies, and habitual host of the enormous World Social Forum, has returned to the international stage.   Chosen as one of the 12 sites for 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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A city that shelters a fiction of the reinvention that never ocurred

“In the absence of a place where a genuine reinvention happens, an honest substitute will be a city that shelters a fiction of the reinvention that never occurred. A city that assumes the external appearance of the expectations of that one who sought it, leading him to believe in a battle won. A city that […]

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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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Crisis in the home of Participatory Budgeting

Aaron Schneider: [excerpt] The new idea of participatory budgeting, technical accuracy, appears to limit the independence and innovation of civil society. Further, the new practice of participatory budgeting, hierarchical decision-making, seems likely to demobilize the poor, removing their political agency and transforming them from citizens into supplicants. They are no longer mobilized as a support- […]

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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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