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    Land, Rural Social Movements and Democratisation in Indonesia

    Dianto Bachriadi
    30 June 2009
    Article

    Although support from urban-based students and activists was important, the rural protest in Indonesia during President Suharto's regime was built on continued protest and organisation around land issues.

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    Pro-Poor Policy Reforms and Governance in State/Public Lands:

    Jennifer Franco
    17 June 2009
    Article

    This paper attempts to specify the key criteria of a ‘pro-poor land policy’ and ‘truly democratic land governance’ concerning state/public lands, using the lessons from activist databases, including that of the international human rights organization Foodfirst Information and Action Network (FIAN).

  3. Transnational agrarian movements: struggling for land and citizenship rights

    Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    01 April 2009
    Article
    La Vía Campesina’s transnational campaign in protest against neoliberal land policies has helped to generate new meanings of global citizenship.
     
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    Bolivia’s New Constitution

    05 February 2009
    Article
    Against a barrage of opposition media propaganda funded by Bolivia’s elites, the new constitution was approved with 61% of the popular vote. Bolivia was once the prized pupil for its wholesale application of policies encouraged by the IMF and the World Bank. Now it is one of the countries articulating an alternative.
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    Rural social movements and their historical contribution for building democracy in Brazil

    Sérgio Sauer
    01 December 2008
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    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
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    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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    Worst case scenario

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    22 May 2008
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    Rooted in prejudice

    Praful Bidwai
    10 April 2008
    Article
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    Deadly mix in African elites

    William Gumede
    31 March 2008
    Article
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    Power-sharing and the implications for state restructuring in Kenya

    Antony Otieno Ong’ayo
    01 March 2008
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    Cuba after Castro

    Pablo Navarrete
    25 February 2008
    Article
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    A Primary Only the Kremlin Could Concoct

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    07 February 2008
    Article

    Since the outcome of next month's presidential election is a foregone conclusion, we can move on and speculate instead about what will happen after the vote.

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    Barcelona Reader

    • Networked Politics
    23 January 2008
    Book
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    Constituting change in a divided Bolivia

    21 January 2008
    Article
    Bolivia's proposed new constitution is an innovative and progressive document constructed out of the struggles by social movements in recent years, however securing national consensus will be an uphill struggle. An in-depth analysis of Bolivia's constitutional process.
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    What's on the agenda for 2008?

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    18 January 2008
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    The great decline

    Praful Bidwai
    19 December 2007
    Article

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