New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America

Voice and Consequence

Authors: Sharpe, Kenneth E.

Editors: Cameron, M., Hershberg, E. (Eds.)

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This volume describes and analyzes the proliferation of new mechanisms for participation in Latin American democracies and considers the relationship between direct participation and the consolidation of representative institutions based on more traditional electoral conceptions of democracy.

About the authors

Author Maxwell A. Cameron: Maxwell A. Cameron is a professor of Political Science at University of British Columbia. Author Eric Hershberg: Eric Hershberg is the director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and a professor of Government at American University. Author Kenneth E. Sharpe: Kenneth E. Sharpe is the William R. Kenan junior professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College.

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"Rather than assume that institutions of participatory democracy necessarily compete for political influence with more traditional institutions of representative democracy, New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America explores how the two might reinforce each other in positive ways that can improve the quality of democratic governance in the region. Based on case studies from six countries across Latin America, the volume is empirically rich and theoretically innovative." - Philip Oxhorn, Institute for the Study of International Development, McGill University, Canada

"This volume provides a consistently original, insightful, and balanced overview of Latin America's diverse efforts to deepen democracy through governance innovations that institutionalize citizen voice." - Jonathan Fox, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

"Elected politicians do not enjoy particularly high approval ratings in most contemporary democracies and certainly not in Latin America. In an attempt to bridge the gulf between voters and their representatives, a growing number of the region's young democracies have experimented with new avenues of "direct democracy." This illuminating collaborative study explores the range and variability of such innovations, using fresh and first-hand research and observation. The picture that emerges is mixed and by no means stable." - Laurence Whitehead, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Voice and Consequence: Direct Participation and Democracy in Latin America

    Cameron, Maxwell A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • “We’re Either Burned or Frozen Out”: Society and Party Systems in Latin American Municipal Development Councils (Nicaragua, Venezuela, Mexico, and Brazil)

    Zaremberg, Gisela

    Pages 21-51

  • Participation as Representation: Democratic Policymaking in Brazil

    Pogrebinschi, Thamy

    Pages 53-74

  • Constrained Participation: The Impact of Consultative Councils on National-Level Policy in Mexico

    Jara, Felipe J. Hevia (et al.)

    Pages 75-97

  • Learning to Be “Better Democrats”? The Role of Informal Practices in Brazilian Participatory Budgeting Experiences

    Montambeault, Françoise

    Pages 99-122

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New Institutions for Participatory Democracy in Latin America
Book Subtitle
Voice and Consequence
Authors
Editors
  • M. Cameron
  • E. Hershberg
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27058-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137270580
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27057-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-48546-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44439-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 263
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