Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781848134461 Published September 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848134454 Published September 2010 For sale in North and South America only

Mobilizing for Democracy

Citizen Action and the Politics of Public Participation

Edited by Vera Schattan, P. Coelho, and Bettina von Lieres

Mobilizing for Democracy

Edited by Vera Schattan, P. Coelho, and Bettina von Lieres

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288 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 2010  
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781848134461 Published September 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781848134454 Published September 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Mobilizing for Democracy is an in-depth study into how ordinary citizens and their organizations mobilize to deepen democracy. Featuring a collection of new empirical case studies from Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, this important new book illustrates how forms of political mobilization, such as protests, social participation, activism, litigation and lobbying, engage with the formal institutions of representative democracy in ways that are core to the development of democratic politics. 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, and reflect the uneasy relationship between citizens and the institutions that are designed to foster their political participation.
Contents
Forward - John Gaventa
1. Introduction - Vera S. Coelho & Bettina von Lieres
Part 1: Associational mobilization: constructing citizenship
2. Have NGO Political Empowerment Programs at the Grassroots Level Contributed the Deepening of Democracy in Kenya? - Celestine Nyamu Musembi
3. Microfinance and Social Mobilization: Alternative Pathways to Grassroots Democracy? - Naila Kabeer and Simeen Mahmud
4. The Nucleo Representativo das Associações (NRA) of Dombe Grande, Angola: building democracy and citizenship at the local level - Idaci Ferreira and Sandra Roque
Part 2: Social movements: contesting political authority and building state responsiveness
5. We got it in our heads that we should do the job of the state the Indigenous Peoples - Movement and the Health System in Acre, Brazil - Alex Shankland
6. The 2007 Movement and the Role of Citizen Action in the Consolidation of Democracy in Nigeria - Jibrin Ibrahim and Samuel Egwu
7. How Deep is Deep Democracy? Global Citizenship in Local Spaces - Steven Robins
Part 3: Citizen involvement in formal governance mechanisms
8. The Infinite Agenda of Social Justice: Dalit Mobilization in the Institutions of Local Governance - Ranjita Mohanty
9. Public Involvement and Social Mobilization: A win-win game? - Vera S. P. Coelho, Alexandre Ferraz, Fabiola Fanti, Meire Ribeiro
10. Dynamics of Political Change and transformation: Civil Society, Governance and the Culture of Politics in Kenya - Duncan Okello
Part 4: Where and how to participate?
11. Passivity or Protest? Understanding the dimensions of Mobilization on Rights to Services in Khayelitsha, Cape Town - Lisa Thompson and Ndodana Nleya
12. How styles of activism influence social participation and democratic deliberation - Arilson Favareto, Yumi Gonçalves, Frederico Menino, Carolina Galvanese, Vera S. P. Coelho
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