Studies of the Americas

Intermediation and Representation in Latin America

Actors and Roles Beyond Elections

Editors: Zaremberg, Gisela, Guarneros-Meza, Valeria, Gurza Lavalle, Adrian (Eds.)

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  • Presents the findings of an eight-year study, drawing on case studies of intermediation and representation in Bolivia, Mexico, Brazil, Uraguay and Venezuela
  • Offers a distinctive approach to filling the research gap in political intermediation by developing a framework, that unpacks different understandings of ‘indirectedness’ as an intrinsic feature of politics
  • Formulates, applies and assesses a tridimensional model of political intermediation, represented through the 'cube of political intermediation', and suggests how interdisciplinary approaches can provide ideas for overcoming analytical and methodological challenges 
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This book shows how the introduction of  intermediation is relevant in studying political and public policy processes, as they are increasingly accompanied by grey spaces in public and non-public arenas that cannot be categorized as purely representative or purely participative. Instead, ‘hybrid’ mechanisms are developing in the policy-making process, which bring in new actors who either are unelected while being required to represent or advocate for the common good of others or are directly elected but challenged by identity/rights-based issues of the people they are required to act in the best interest of. By proposing a conceptual frame on intermediation and addressing five different Latin American countries and a wide range of case studies —from human rights, labour relations, neighbourhood management, municipal bureaucracies, social accountability, to complex national systems of citizen participation—this volume shows the versatility and validity of a tridimensional frame,  the “cube of political intermediation” (CPI) as a tool for analysing public policy and understanding contemporary democratic innovation in Latin America. 




About the authors

Gisela Zaremberg is Research Professor at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Mexico.

Valeria Guarneros-Meza is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University, UK. 

Adrian Gurza-Lavalle is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.


Reviews

“Intermediation and Representation in Latin America is an inspiring and very opportune book, which helps to understand the transformations faced by representative democracy in Latin America. The volume offers directions for students and researchers in order to analyse the changes promoted by the wave of democratic innovations through a new lens.” (Yanina Welp, Democratization, Vol. 25 (5), August, 2017)

“While a growing body of literature focuses on formal and informal institutions, this is one of the first books to attempt to systematically understand how they are inter-related. Elections are important, but they are hardly the only mechanism through which the interests of different actors are mediated. The volume captures these mechanisms graphically in a ‘cube of political intermediation (CPI)’ and through ‘circuits of political representation,’ providing an original theoretical model for understanding the multidimensional nature of politics.” (Philip Oxhorn, Professor of Political Science, McGill University, Canada)

“This book goes beyond the most frequent focus on institutions of democratic innovation to analyze how 'political intermediation' works within different political settings considering institutions (e.g.councils, committees) as well as social organizations (e.g. human rights and labor organizations) and people (e.g. civil servants). The novelty of this volume lies in the concept of ‘circuits of representation’ and the cube of political intermediation (CPI), an analytical framework applied to the study of a selection of Latin America cases.” (Yanina Welp, Regional Director for LA, C2D - Centre for Research on Direct Democracy)

“This conceptually innovative book offers fresh ideas about Latin American politics and insightful analyses of democratic innovations in the region.  The authors enrich our understanding of institutions often explored through the lenses of participation and representation by providing a new cube of political intermediation framework.  Armed with this framework, each chapter systematically focuses on different circuits of representation in Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Venezuela, giving readers novel perspectives on unions, community councils, public security, civil society organizations, and public servants dedicated to health, human rights, and women’s rights.” (Benjamin Goldfrank, Associate Professor and Chair, Seton Hall University)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Beyond Elections: Representation Circuits and Political Intermediation

    Pages 1-30

    Zaremberg, Gisela (et al.)

  • Political Intermediation and Public Policy in Brazil: Councils and Conferences in the Policy Spheres of Health and Women’s Rights

    Pages 31-51

    Melo Romão, Wagner (et al.)

  • Establishing Intermediaries in Developing Mechanisms of Citizen Participation in La Silsa, Caracas, Venezuela

    Pages 53-75

    Martin, Graham

  • Political Rights and Intermediation: Municipal Decentralization and Democratic Innovation in Uruguay

    Pages 77-94

    Freigedo Peláez, Martín

  • Bolivia: “Social Control” as the Fourth State Power 1994–2015

    Pages 95-114

    Zuazo, Moira

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Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51537-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intermediation and Representation in Latin America
Book Subtitle
Actors and Roles Beyond Elections
Editors
  • Gisela Zaremberg
  • Valeria Guarneros-Meza
  • Adrian Gurza Lavalle
Series Title
Studies of the Americas
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51538-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51538-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51537-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84677-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 211
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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