Barrio Democracy in Latin America: Participatory Decentralization and Community Activism in…

Paperback | April 15, 2014

byEduardo Canel

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The transition to democracy underway in Latin America since the 1980s has recently witnessed a resurgence of interest in experimenting with new forms of local governance emphasizing more participation by ordinary citizens. The hope is both to foster the spread of democracy and to improve equity in the distribution of resources. While participatory budgeting has been a favorite topic of many scholars studying this new phenomenon, there are many other types of ongoing experiments. In Barrio Democracy in Latin America, Eduardo Canel focuses our attention on the innovative participatory programs launched by the leftist government in Montevideo, Uruguay, in the early 1990s. Based on his extensive ethnographic fieldwork, Canel examines how local activists in three low-income neighborhoods in that city dealt with the opportunities and challenges of implementing democratic practices and building better relationships with sympathetic city officials.

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The transition to democracy underway in Latin America since the 1980s has recently witnessed a resurgence of interest in experimenting with new forms of local governance emphasizing more participation by ordinary citizens. The hope is both to foster the spread of democracy and to improve equity in the distribution of resources. While p...

Eduardo Canel is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University in Canada, where he is Director of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.59 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271037334

ISBN - 13:9780271037332

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Maps

List of Tables

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1. Peñarol: Participatory Decentralization in an “Easygoing” Former Railway Town

Chapter 2. El Cerro: Participatory Decentralization Among Former Militant Meatpackers and Recent Squatters

Chapter 3. La Teja: Participatory Decentralization Where Radical Politics Mix with Soccer and Carnival

Conclusions

References

Index

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“In addition to contributing to the understanding of local democratization, Canel provides a compelling window into the dynamics of deindustrialization that has relevance for Latin America as a whole.”

—C. H. Blake, Choice