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Participatory Democracy versus Elitist Democracy: Lessons from Brazil

Participatory Democracy versus Elitist Democracy: Lessons from Brazil

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Democracy & Civic Disengagement in the United States Democracy & Civic Disengagement in Brazil Participatory Democracy in Theory Participatory Democracy in Practice - Brazil's Workers' Party & the Participatory Budget The Participatory Budget in Betim, Minas Gerais Examining Claims on Behalf of the Participatory Budget Examining Critiques of the Participatory Budget Administrators of the Participatory Budget and the Motivation of Ideology Popular Participation as Alternative or Complement to Representative Democracy
William Nylen begins by discussing North Americans' love-hate relationship with politics and politicians, then shows how Brazilians feel the same way (as do many citizens of democracies throughout the world). He argues that this is so because contemporary democracies have increasingly trickled up and away from so-called 'average citizens'. We now live in a world of 'Elitist Democracies' essentially constructed of, by and for moneyed, well-connected and ethically-challenged elites. Fortunately, there are alternatives, and that's where Brazil offers valuable lessons. Experiments in local-level participatory democracy, put into practice in Brazil by the Workers Party show both the promise and the practical limitations of efforts to promote 'popular participation' and citizen empowerment.

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Autor: L. Dodd
ISBN-13: 9781349527281
ISBN: 1349527289
Einband: Book
Seiten: 268
Gewicht: 340 g
Format: 216x140x14 mm
Sprache: Englisch
Autor: L. Dodd, W. Nylen
WILLIAM NYLEN is Professor of Latin American Studies at Stetson University, USA.

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Autor: L. Dodd
ISBN-13:: 9781349527281
ISBN: 1349527289
Erscheinungsjahr: 13.11.2003
Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan US
Gewicht: 340g
Seiten: 268
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2003
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 216x140x14 mm