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    Then and now, Venezuela and Cuba, 1960-2008

    Saul Landau
    18 December 2008
    Article
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    A revolution without borders: reappraising Bolivia’s crisis

    Samuel Grove, Pablo Navarrete
    17 December 2008
    Article
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    Postcard from Venezuela

    Saul Landau
    11 December 2008
    Article
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    Networked Politics and Technology

    05 December 2008 - Event
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    Rural social movements and their historical contribution for building democracy in Brazil

    Sérgio Sauer
    01 December 2008
    Article

    Brazil has not experienced any sort of major agrarian reform since then, but dozens of rural movements have been organised and hundreds of thousands of landless peasants have acquired the right of access to land (especially through settlement projects) as a result of these social movements’ struggles. After so many years of fighting and popular mobilisation, what are these movements’ contributions to building rural democracy? This study seeks to understand this process by evaluating social movements’ alliances (both rural and urban alliances) and evaluating their relationships with political parties, especially with the Workers Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores – PT) and with the Brazilian Federal Government.

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    Rural democratisation in Mexico’s deep south

    Jonathan Fox, Carlos García Jiménez, Libby Haight
    01 December 2008
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    Has political regime change led to changes in state-society relations? This study begins to address this question by analysing rural movement efforts to exercise newly-won citizen rights. The specific focus is on rural civil society initiatives to use the “right to know” as a tool to bolster long-standing campaigns to build self-managed, community-based economic development institutions, to bolster peasant influence over the policy process, to defend human rights, and to respect indigenous rights.

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    Local politics and the sustainability of rural life

    UNAC Rural Democratisation Research Team
    01 December 2008
    Article

    To be a strong peasant movement in a place like Chokwe, Mozambique requires going beyond ambiguous compromises to develop collective political thinking and to develop the capacity to use political power in ways that ensure that governmental and non-governmental organisations that help the peasantry act in line with what peasants wish and need.

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    The United States: Orchestrating a Civic Coup in Bolivia

    Roger Burbach
    18 November 2008
    Article
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    If not capitalism, what?

    Hilary Wainwright
    18 November 2008
    Article
    This moment of collapse of banks and their total dependence on public authorities is the moment to turn them into public utilities.
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    Utopia reborn?

    César Rodríguez-Garavito (Editors), Patrick Barrett, Daniel Chavez
    13 October 2008
    Article
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    The New Latin American Left

    • Patrick Barrett, Daniel Chavez, César Rodríguez-Garavito (Editors)
    09 October 2008
    Book

    A comprehensive study of the wide variety of leftist governments, parties and movements in the region, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela

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    Civic Driven Change

    • Kees Biekart, Alan Fowler
    03 October 2008
    Book
    The Civic Driven change Initiative is a recent thinking and debating process to explore and communicate a perspective of change in societies that stems from citizens rather than states or markets. The initiative is meant to kick-start a public debate about and beyond aided-development.
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    The Lessons of Perestroika

    Boris Kagarlitsky, Artemy Magun
    26 September 2008
    Article
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    Participatory democracy at the crossroads

    • Eurotopia No. 5
    24 September 2008
    Paper

    ‘Citizens’ participation’ is a fashionable political concept, but one that increasingly means all things to all people. It is time to reclaim ‘participation’ from those who would use it simply to legitimise existing political institutions. This issue of Eurotopia explores different models of participatory democracy in Europe.

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    Participation in Italy

    Anna Pizzo
    24 September 2008
    Article

    Anna Pizzo is a director of Carta (a partner in Eurotopia), and has been a councillor for three years in the Lazio region. Inspired by the experience of Porto Alegre, she has been working on ‘the borderline’ between the movements and the political institutions, in order to open up the Lazio regional council to the demands and pressures of the movements.

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    Managing water through participative processes: the case of Catalonia

    Jordi Pacheco i Canals
    24 September 2008
    Article

    Carlos, who is 13 years od, has left his house to go fishing. Not far away, there is a reservoir where he spends long hours watching the birds nest while he waits to catch a fish or two.

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