SUBNATIONAL POLITICS

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  • Hall of Mirrors: Media, Democratization, and the Public Sphere in Maranhão, Brazil
    by JULIÁN DURAZO-HERRMANN,  
    6/2/2018

    Freedom of expression and access to diverse sources of information are seen as critical elements of democracy, although their concretization on the ground is subject to strong interference. Recent regime change in Maranhão, one of Brazil’s poorest states, has led to the emergence of new media and some expansion of the public sphere.

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  • The Politics of Local Participatory Democracy in Latin America. Institutions, Actors, and Interactions
    by FRANÇOISE MONTAMBEAULT,  
    1/1/2015

    Participatory democracy innovations aimed at bringing citizens back into local governance processes are now at the core of the international democratic development agenda. Municipalities around the world have adopted local participatory mechanisms of various types in the last two decades, including participatory budgeting, the flagship Brazilian program, and participatory planning, as it is the case in several Mexican municipalities. Yet, institutionalized participatory mechanisms have had mixed results in practice at the municipal level. So why and how does success vary? This book sets out to answer that question.

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