Brazil has conducted some of the world's most stunning experiments in participatory democracy, most notably the creation of city budgets through local citizens' meetings. Leonardo Avritzer introduces a fresh analytical approach to reveal the social and institutional conditions that make civic participation most effective, expanding the empirical base for assessing these institutions. By examining participatory health councils and city master plans within a diverse group of cities-Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, and Salvador-this book goes beyond the current literature, which has focused almost exclusively on budgeting in Porto Alegre. Ultimately, Participatory Institutions in Democratic Brazil provides a more complex understanding of the links among participation, citizenship, and democracy through a set of case studies that will resonate both inside and outside Brazil.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
Accessibly written and very readable. -- Kathleen Bruhn * Political Science Quarterly *
One of the most important contributions to the literature on urban politics and policy-making in Brazil to be published in recent years. -- Anthony W. Pereira * Luso-Brazilian Review *