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Democracy as Problem SolvingCivic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe$
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Xavier de Souza Briggs

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026413

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026413.001.0001

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Progressive Regionalism and Entrepreneurial Government: Democratization and Competitive Restructuring in the Greater ABC, Brazil

Progressive Regionalism and Entrepreneurial Government: Democratization and Competitive Restructuring in the Greater ABC, Brazil

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Democracy as Problem Solving
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Souza Briggs

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026413.003.0008

This chapter discusses the role of a political party, the Workers' Party, in creating an open society and economy in Brazil by using participatory democracy as a problem-solving tool. It also examines efforts of activists and entrepreneurial local governments in reviving and redirecting Brazil's industrial hub around São Paulo, known as the Greater ABC region. The Greater ABC case highlights the importance of public participation, transparent government, sustainable development, and practices of deliberation and democratic bargaining on the part of local government led by the Workers' Party. The chapter also emphasizes the use of civic capacity in economic restructuring in the region. The competitive challenges being faced by many developing countries, including Brazil, in a globalized economy and the importance of resource mobilization and institution-building in countering these challenges are also discussed.

Keywords:   economic restructuring, participatory democracy, sustainable development, resource mobilization, Greater ABC region, Brazil

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