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Participatory Innovation and Representative Democracy in Latin America

Paperback
, 184 pages

11 b&w illus.

ISBN:
9780801894077
August 2009
$24.95

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Participatory Innovation and Representative Democracy in Latin America

This empirically grounded collection examines the growth of participatory institutions in Latin American democracy and how such institutions affect representative government. While most existing literature concentrates on model cases of participatory budgeting in Brazil, this volume investigates cases in Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina, where conditions for innovation have been far less favorable. The contributors, while recognizing the important differences and potential clashes between participatory and representative forms of democracy, ultimately favor participation, emphasizing its capacity to enhance and strengthen representative democracy.

Andrew D. Selee is director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute. Enrique Peruzzotti is a professor of political science at Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires and was a fellow at the Wilson Center in 2003–2004. The contributions to this book grew out of a two-year study featuring two central workshops in Washington, D.C., as well as a series of seminars held in the home countries of key participants.

"The sophisticated yet accessible conceptual framework is excellent, transcending widely held assumptions about the dichotomy between participatory and representative democracy. And in an area where most works focus specifically on one city, or one country, the cross-national comparative approach stands out as distinctive. This book is clearly a significant contribution."

" Participatory Innovation and Representative Democracy in Latin America assesses with expert eyes fascinating experiments... in giving citizens a greater voice in local government."

" Participatory Innovation and Representative Democracy in Latin America is an important contribution to expanding our knowledge of how participatory institutions emerge under less than ideal conditions and their implications for democratic processes."

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