The Porto Alegre Alternative

The Porto Alegre Alternative

Direct Democracy in Action

eBook - 2004
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First English-language guide to the new form of democractic government pioneered in Porto Alegre, Brazil
Porto Alegre in Brazil is famous as the city that pioneered a revolutionary kind of local democracy. Started over a decade ago by the municipal administration of the Brazilian Workers' Party (PT), this process - called the 'participatory budget' - has steadily attracted attention from around the world, including the UN and even the financial press.

This is the first book in English that allows the creators of the participatory budget to explain the process for themselves - what it is, how it is achieved, what benefits it brings. Written by key figures from Porto Alegre - including the former mayor and the head of the City Planning Office - it provides a unique insight into the revolutionary democratic changes that have proved such a success. It is also a practical how-to-do-it guide that will help local communities and policy-makers put these ideas into action.

The Porto Alegre experience shows that a truly different kind of political democracy is possible - it presents a real alternative to the current model of liberal representative democracy that has been eroded by unelected transnational institutions and multinational corporations.

Publisher: London ; Ann Arbor, MI : Pluto Press with the International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE), 2004
ISBN: 9781435660731
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 161 pages) : map
Additional Contributors: Bruce, Iain


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