The Limits to Citizen Power
Participatory Democracy and the Entanglements of the State
A critical engagement with citizen participation, state power and the difficulties of realising the principles of participatory democracy
Drawing on long-term ethnographic research, Victor Albert provides a critical analysis of citizen participation in Santo André, in the region of Greater São Paulo where the Workers’ Party was founded, holding a microscope to the power relations between political appointees, public officials and local community activists. Albert also reveals how different social actors think and feel about citizen participation away from formal assemblies, and how some participants engage in what is a tenuous, and at times mutually distrustful, tactical and strategic relationship with political patrons.
Victor Albert is currently Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for the Centre for Metropolitan Studies at the University of Sao Paulo.
'Takes readers deep inside the interworking of the one of world's most well-known participatory experiences. Albert's excellent contribution to the study of citizen participation illuminates the problems of embedding participatory democracy inside existing state structures' - Dr. Brian Wampler, Professor of Political Science, Boise State University (USA)
List of Abbreviations
1. Democratisation, Reform and Participation in Brazil
2. Rituals and Ritualisation
3. Participatory Budgeting: Ritualisations of Petitioning and Power
4. Embedded Participatory Institutions: The Urban Development Council and the Housing Council
5. Shared Practices, Contrasting Ideologies
Conclusion: Reimagining Participatory Democracy
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745336121
eBook ISBN: 9781783717989
135mm x 215mm