Intermediation and Representation in Latin America
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This book shows how the introduction of intermediation is relevant in studying political and public policy processes, as they are increasingly accompanied by grey spaces in public and non-public arenas that cannot be categorized as purely representative or purely participative. Instead, 'hybrid' mechanisms are developing in the policy-making process, which bring in new actors who either are unelected while being required to represent or advocate for the common good of others or are directly elected but challenged by identity/rights-based issues of the people they are required to act in the…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
This book shows how the introduction of intermediation is relevant in studying political and public policy processes, as they are increasingly accompanied by grey spaces in public and non-public arenas that cannot be categorized as purely representative or purely participative. Instead, 'hybrid' mechanisms are developing in the policy-making process, which bring in new actors who either are unelected while being required to represent or advocate for the common good of others or are directly elected but challenged by identity/rights-based issues of the people they are required to act in the best interest of. By proposing a conceptual frame on intermediation and addressing five different Latin American countries and a wide range of case studies -from human rights, labour relations, neighbourhood management, municipal bureaucracies, social accountability, to complex national systems of citizen participation-this volume shows the versatility and validity of a tridimensional frame, the "cube of political intermediation" (CPI) as a tool for analysing public policy and understanding contemporary democratic innovation in Latin America.

Autorenporträt
Gisela Zaremberg is Research Professor at Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Mexico. Valeria Guarneros-Meza is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy at De Montfort University, UK. Adrian Gurza-Lavalle is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.
Inhaltsangabe
Preface Philip Oxhorn
1. Introduction. Beyond Elections: Representation Circuits and Political Intermediation Gisela Zaremberg, Adrian Gurza Lavalle and Valeria Guarneros-Meza
2. Political Intermediation and Public Policy in Brazil: Councils and Conferences in the Policy Spheres of Health and Women's Rights Wagner de Melo Romao, Adrian Gurza Lavalle and Gisela Zaremberg
3. Establishing Intermediaries in Developing Mechanisms of Citizen Participation in La Silsa, Caracas, Venezuela Graham Martin
4. Political Rights and Intermediation: Municipal Decentralization and Democratic Innovation in Uruguay Martin Freigedo Pelaez
5. Bolivia: "Social Control" as the Fourth State Power 1994-2015 Moira Zuazo
6. Citizen Security in Mexico: Examining Municipal Bureaucracy From the View of the Intermediation-Representation Debate Valeria Guarneros-Meza
7. Conflicts of Representation and Redistribution in the Mexican Labour World Graciela Bensusán and Marta Subinas
8. The Political-Legal Representation Circuit of Human Rights Politics Karina Ansolabehere and Paula Valle de Bethencourt
9. Conclusions and Future Research Agenda Gisela Zaremberg, Adrian Gurza Lavalle and Valeria Guarneros-Meza
Rezensionen
"Intermediation and Representation in Latin America is an inspiring and very opportune book, which helps to understand the transformations faced by representative democracy in Latin America. The volume offers directions for students and researchers in order to analyse the changes promoted by the wave of democratic innovations through a new lens." (Yanina Welp, Democratization, Vol. 25 (5), August, 2017)