Synergizing civil society: state-civil society regimes in Porto Alegre, Brazil

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In this paper I discuss the impact of participatory reforms to municipal governance on local civil society in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Carried out by administrators of the Worker's Party (PT), these reforms have created a variety of empowered participatory fora on municipal policy. In contrast to a previous period of "tutelage" in which neighborhood associations vacillated between acquiescence and conflict with municipal government, these reforms have fostered new institutions in civil society, a greater interconnectedness between local organizations, and a 'scaling up' of activism away from solely neighborhood to city-wide concerns. To properly consider this impact I propose a 'relational' framework that considers the role of state-civil society relationships in creating an environment more or less conducive to civic involvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolitical Power and Social Theory
Number of pages50
StatePublished - 2002

Publication series

NamePolitical Power and Social Theory
ISSN (Print)0198-8719

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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