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O camponês e o operário

Por Giorgio Agamben: Os historiadores do futuro não deixarão de se espantar com o fato de que para fazer desaparecer uma cultura – que, em suas linhas gerais, havia permanecido inalterada por cinquenta mil anos – tenha sido preciso tão pouco tempo. Apesar de minha desconfiança em relação a prêmios e punições, aceitei receber o […]

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Affamare la bestia: il metodo del New Public Management

Por Christian Marazzi: Si chiama New Public Management, nuova gestione pubblica, quel programma di riforme, ispirato ai modelli di gestione delle risorse umane all’opera nell’economia privata, che ha accompagnato il processo di aziendalizzazione dei servizi pubblici negli ultimi anni. Si tratta di un insieme di procedure, o “puzzle dottrinale”, in cui si intrecciano vari principi, in particolare la […]

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El potencial de la devastación

Fonte: Archivos de la devastación 4 . “El potencial es una energía que aún no ha sido liberada, que espera latente un impulso, una pequeña acción/percusión que permita rebalsar la inercia que mantiene inactivo al artefacto” (Anónimxs) . Esta aproximación al concepto de potencial, por muy iconoclasta que suene, revela la realidad del avance y […]

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Crisis Capitalism & Brasil’s Economic Realities

By Sérgio Baierle: “Lula’s developmentalism, inspired by trade unionism and Keynesianism, tried to reunite in one dream the resuscitation of the nationalist bourgeois of the 20th Century; the base level labor reforms of the 1950s and 1960s; and a new Brazilian miracle with great public investments reminiscent of the military dictatorship policies of the 1970s. […]

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Democracia de efeito moral

Por Edson Telles: “É como se estivéssemos diante de um laboratório de tecnologia de governo para lidar com os dilemas políticos e sociais no século XXI. Testa-se no país uma democracia de efeito moral. (…) Sob a superfície do discurso de uma govenabilidade consolidada e exemplar, encontramos formas de agir cuja astúcia é serem autoritárias […]

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Beyond the Nostalgia of Political Spatial Practice

By Markus Miessen: “In the face of permanent crisis, both the Left and the Right have celebrated participation as the saviour from all-evil, an unquestioned form of soft politics. But can we employ the idea of crisis to question our deepest assumptions? Should we rethink our values and devise new principles for action?” [Extract] Spatial […]

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Land regularisation and civic participation in Brazil

The example of Canoas (Rio Grande do Sul) – By Julie Bédochaud: In the year 2005, nearly 29% of the Brazilian urban population resided illegally in occupied areas, commonly known as favelas (“UNHABITAT, Urban indicators”). While the first favela dates back to the 19th century (Mike DAVIS, Le pire des mondes possibles, La Découverte, 2006), […]

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A Spectacular Eco-Tour around the Historic Bloc: Theorising the Convergence of Biodiversity Conservation & Capitalist Expansion

By Jim Igoe, Katja Neves and Dan Brockington: (…) Once the value of particular ecosystem is revealed, for example an ecosystem’s ability to store carbon, the ecosystem acquires economic value as a service provider or as a non- consumptive resource, as in the case of eco-tourism. The ecosystem thus putatively becomes a source of income for local communities, […]

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Mechanisms of Power in the Age of Terrorism

by Carl E. Kandutsch (…) Do You Feel Safe? Although American and European politicians still like to talk about “winning” the War on Terror [4], they rarely speak of “peace,” which seems an increasingly anachronistic notion. Instead, the question addressed to the American public around election time is: “Do you feel safe?” The question to […]

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Conceptualizing Culture: A Perspective from the South

By Evelina Dagnino, UNICAMP – Brazil See original post at Culture Web Being a Brazilian and a Latin American political scientist, what I would like to explore in my presentation are the efforts in conceptualizing culture which have emphasized the relationships between culture and politics. Since it would be impossible to survey all different traditions […]

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Newsflash: Populism Is Popular

By David Sirota “Admittedly, contradiction is everywhere: Republican rallies bewail deficits the GOP manufactured, and Democrats lament deregulatory schemes they originally crafted. But no matter how hypocritical the response is, it is a response, and that represents change from decades of aloof government. It suggests a democratic renewal whereby populism—i.e., advocating what the public wants—isn’t […]

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Socialism for Bourgeoisie

By Boris Kagarlitsky “Before admiring the amount of money that some countries are ready to allot, there is a need to bear in mind that all over the world the “problem assets”, which will be written off in the near future, cost much more than $1 trillion, according to experts. This way, the money of […]

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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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Lula’s Social Policies: New Wine in Old Bottles?

By Alcino Ferreira Câmara Neto and Matías Vernengo Working Paper No: 2006-07, University of Utah, Department of EconomicsSee article at Utah University here: http://www.econ.utah.edu/activities/papers/2006_07.pdf Powered by ScribeFire.

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