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Deliberating Democracy: Scenes from a Brazilian Municipal Health Council
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 15:06 authored by Andrea Cornwall
Brazil's health councils appear to offer inspiring examples of what Fung and Wright (2003) term empowered participatory governance. But what happens in practice? This article narrates an episode in the life of a municipal health council in northeast Brazil, in which democracy itself came under deliberation. It seeks to locate normative assumptions embedded in theories of deliberative democracy and participatory governance in everyday conduct in one of these institutions. It suggests that assessing the democratizing potential of the myriad new spaces that now populate governance landscapes the world over calls for far closer attention to be paid to power, political culture, and politics.
JournalPolitics and Society
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- Anthropology Publications
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