Spaces for Change?: The Politics of Citizen Participation in New Democratic Arenas (Claiming Citizenship: Rights, Participation and Accountability)

Spaces for Change?: The Politics of Citizen Participation in New Democratic Arenas (Claiming Citizenship: Rights, Participation and Accountability) by Cornwall, Andrea 1842775537 9781842775530
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This book addresses one of the greatest challenges of our age: that of building democratic polities where all can realize their rights and claim substantive citizenship. In recent years, innovations in governance have created a plethora of new democratic spaces in many countries. Yet there remains a gap between the intention to institutionalize participation and the reality of exclusion of poorer and marginalized citizens.

Through case studies of a diversity of institutions - hospital facility boards in South Africa, a national-level deliberative process in Canada, sectoral management councils and community groups in Brazil, India, Mexico and Bangladesh, participatory budgeting in Argentina, NGO-created forums in Angola and Bangladesh, community forums in the UK, and new intermediary spaces created by social movements in South Africa - contributors examine how the democratic potential of these new spaces might be enhanced.

Author: Cornwall, Andrea

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 256

Publisher: Zed Books

Publication Date: 2007-01-15


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