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Auteur: Schattan Coelho, Vera & Bettina von Lieres
Titel: Mobilising for democracy
Sub titel: Citizen mobilisation and the politics of public participation

A collection of new empirical case studies from Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa illustrate how alternative forms of political mobilization such as protests, social participation, activism, litigation and lobbying engage with the formal institutions of representative democracy in ways that constitute the very essence of democratic politics and not, as many authors suggest, an indication of its failure. No other volume has brought together examples from such a broad Southern spectrum and covering such a diversity of actors: rural and urban dwellers, transnational activists, religious groups, politicians and social leaders. The cases illuminate the crucial contribution that citizen mobilization makes to democratization and the building of state institutions. They cases also reflect often the uneasy relationship between citizens and the institutions that are designed to foster their political participation. This book suggest ways to confront these challenges by recognizing that more just and equitable democratic systems can only emerge from more just and equitable societies.
2010, 288 pag., Euro 27,15
Zed Books, London, ISBN 9781848134461


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