Participatory urban governance: innovations from Latin America
About the lecture:From the 80s onwards a number of Latin American countries celebrated the return to democracy. In most countries this was followed by a (renewed) decentralization of central government functions to lower levels of government. This so called “silent revolution” enabled local leaders to experiment with new ways of involving citizens in local government affairs. Selecting a number of examples from Brazil and Peru we will highlight how more inclusionary forms of urban governance can strengthen both citizens and local government. We will focus specifically on how social movements have played a role in “claiming the right to have rights”. This will be illustrated by what Holston has called “insurgent citizenship” of the Brazilian urban poor. Thereafter we will discuss what the introduction of Participatory Budgeting has meant for the functioning of local governments in the region.
Dr. Michaela Hordijk