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Bulldozed lives: World Bank project leaves families homeless

By Besar Likmeta and Gjergj Erebara: Many consider the village of Jale to be one of the most beautiful hamlets on Albania’s Riviera. Two authors of children’s books who come from the area have often featured its deep-blue waters and sandy beaches, giving this coastal village on the Ionian Sea the image of a paradise on earth. […]

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Civic Governmentality: The Politics of Inclusion in Beirut and Mumbai

By Ananya Roy This article is concerned with the politics of inclusion. It analyzes the institutionalization of participatory citizenship as the formation of regimes of “civic governmentality”. Through the study of key civil society organizations such as SPARC and Hezbollah, it studies three dimensions of civic governmentality: an infrastructure of populist mediation; technologies of governing […]

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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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Empire’s Architecture

Should it ever be finished, the U.S. embassy in Iraq will stand as a colossal monument to the Bush administration’s failures By Allen Mcduffee: Panic shot through the State Department and White House earlier this summer when the American architecture firm Berger Devine Yaeger posted computer-generated images and layout of the forthcoming U.S. embassy in […]

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The New Philippine Left and Participatory Local Governance

By Nathan Gilbert Quimpo: Following government decentralization, a new left party in the Philippines, Akbayan, together with allied people’s organizations and NGOs, has undertaken a program in participatory local governance promoting popular empowerment. Akbayan’s emerging radical democratic model of local governance is contending not just with the politico-economic elite’s ‘patrimonial’ approach, but also with other alternative models – the […]

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