The Limits to Citizen Power: Participatory Democracy and the Entanglements of the State

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    Victor Albert

    Publisher: Pluto Books

    Year: 2016

    Format: Paperback

    Size: 224 pages

    ISBN: 9780745336176

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"After Brazil's transition to democracy in 1985, a number of progressive actors, including a new political party -- the Workers' Party -- championed a raft of participatory reforms. Today, these reforms have garnered global attention for their effectiveness at combating inequality, encouraging active citizenship and reshaping state-society relations. However, no democratising project can entirely cast aside the existing state structures that pattern and give shape to political life. Drawing on long-term ethnographic research, Victor Albert provides a critical analysis of citizen participation in Santo André, in the region of Greater Sao Paulo where the Workers' Party was founded, by exploring the challenges participants face as they take part in institutions pervaded by the administrative culture of the state."--Back cover.

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