Participatory democracy in Porto Alegre, Brazil (PLA 44)

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Published: June 2002
Participatory Learning and Action
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Participatory Learning and Action series, issue 44: Local Government and Participation

Porto Alegre has the highest standard of living of all Brazil's metropolitan areas. In this paper the author examines the reasons behind this, and in particular the role of participation in creating a 'civil, not state, form of governance' which has handed greater power to the public to determine council policies.

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