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The Politics of Local Participatory Democracy In Latin America: Institutions, Actors, and Interactions

Françoise Montambeault


Participatory democracy institutional innovations aimed at bringing citizens back into local governance processes are now at the core of the international democratic development agenda. Around the world, and especially in Latin America, many local governments, from left and right, have implemented mechanisms to formally include citizens’ input in decision-making processes at the local level. How is the assumed democratization potential of participatory mechanisms actually realized in practice? Institutionalized participatory mechanisms are not, in fact, a panacea against all of democracy’s ill ... More

Keywords: participatory democracy, state-society relationships, local governments, civil society, Mexico, participatory planning, Brazil, participatory budgeting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780804795166
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804795166.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Françoise Montambeault, author