Deliberating Democracy: Scenes from a Brazilian Municipal Health Council

Cornwall, Andrea (2008) Deliberating Democracy: Scenes from a Brazilian Municipal Health Council. Politics and Society, 36 (4). pp. 508-531. ISSN 0032-3292

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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.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Depositing User: Andrea Cornwall
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:04
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2012 14:39
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