PUBLICATIONS

  • Honduras en el abismo
    by DANIEL VASQUEZ,  
    5/30/2020

    Honduras suffers from covid-19 in the midst of a crisis of the State as a whole. What are the dimensions of this crisis? Why do thousands of Hondurans flee their country? The links between politics and organized crime are articulated with patrimonial forms of exercise of power and with a long erosion of democracy in the country. This text examines a series of challenges for honduran democracy, through a review of its recent political evolution, trying to present the social context in which Honduras faces the covid-19 pandemic.

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  • The ‘Pink Tide’ and the Labour Movement: Lessons from the Argentinean and Brazilian Experiences
    by THOMAS COLLOMBAT,  
    5/1/2020

    This article offers a comparative analysis of Argentina and Brazil’s labour movement during and immediately after the “Pink Tide”, a period during which most South American countries elected progressive governments. We adopt an analytical framework combining critical political economy and historical neo-institutionalism that points to the resilience of corporatist dynamics but also to their domestic specificities, due to divergent political and legal legacies. The contrasting implementations of Argentinean and Brazilian unions in workplaces, as well as their relations to political parties and to organizational unity explain most of the differences observed after the fall of the progressive governments in their respective countries.

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  • Brazil and Colombia : the action of anti-feminist political mechanisms
    by DANIELLE COENGA-OLIVEIRA,  
    3/1/2020

    Antifeminisms are a counter-movement of action and thought that are opposed to feminisms [1]. They aim to distort concepts and theories, to delegitimize feminist movements and their demands and seek to block progress towards the full autonomy and freedom of the women [2]. If in the European and North American academic context, specifically the Quebec one, discussions on anti-feminisms are already common, the analysis of this phenomenon in Latin America has been neglected in favour of other concepts. However, it seems to us that the concept of anti-feminism can bring new avenues of reflection to this region. Based on our experience as researchers in Brazil and Colombia, we therefore decide to focus on the analysis of discourses about the supposed

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  • Legacies of the Left Turn in Latin America. The Promise of Inclusive Citizenship
    by MANUEL BALÁN,   FRANÇOISE MONTAMBEAULT,  
    12/6/2019

    Legacies of the Left Turn in Latin America: The Promise of Inclusive Citizenship contains original essays by a diverse group of leading and emerging scholars from North America, Europe, and Latin America.

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  • Espace public, recomposition des gauches et syndicalisme. Éléments de comparaison Argentine - Brésil.
    by THOMAS COLLOMBAT,  
    12/6/2019

    Espace public, recomposition des gauches et syndicalisme. Éléments de comparaison Argentine - Brésil. Les espaces publics, la démocratie et les gauches en Amérique latine, 2019

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  • The Brazilian women's movement and the state under the PT national governments
    by CHARMAIN LEVY,  
    12/1/2019

    Certain segments of the Brazilian Women s Movement (BWM) developed important strategic partnerships with the state under the PT federal government. This article demonstrates how these partnerships had both inclusionary and exclusionary effects on gender centric policy outcomes. Using a mix method approach which includes extensive in-depth interviews with BMW activists and archival data from governmental sources, the Brazilian experience illustrates that entering the state headed by a women ally president facilitates funnelling some of the women’s movement’s demands into the state. However, hierarchies within the movement itself, the congressional strength of the head of executive and the activism of some of its socially conservative legislative allies can severely temper that effect.

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  • Communauté et subjectivité politiques. La mística du Mouvement des travailleurs ruraux sans-terre (MST) et la phénoménologie politique de Maurice Merleau-Ponty
    by DAN FURUKAWA MARQUES,  
    9/30/2019

    La mística du Mouvement des travailleurs ruraux sans-terre (MST) au Brésil peut être interprétée comme l’incarnation pratique d’idéaux politiques et existentiels ayant pour effet de faire communauté. Tout en considérant les analyses socio-anthropologiques du phénomène, le présent article met davantage l’accent sur les perceptions et les effets subjectifs à travers une analyse phénoménologico-politique, jusqu’ici très peu explorés.

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  • Southern epistemologies, Latin American thoughts and decolonial feminisms
    by DANIELLE COENGA-OLIVEIRA,  
    9/1/2019

    As components of the epistemologies of the South, decolonial thought and theories offer us a major challenge to hegemonic knowledge and the production of scientific knowledge. This article provides an overview of Latin American writings in order to highlight the proposals of decolonial authors and feminists.

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  • Les espaces publics, la démocratie et les gauches en Amérique latine
    by JULIÁN DURAZO-HERRMANN,  
    5/6/2019

    Ce collectif d’auteurs met en commun des visions complémentaires sur les changements politiques, sociaux et économiques du «?virage à gauche?» en Amérique latine.

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  • Genre, féminismes et développement. Une trilogie en construction
    by CHARMAIN LEVY,  
    5/1/2019

    Misant sur la capacité d’agir et le pouvoir de transformation sociale des femmes des Suds, ce livre examine les enjeux du genre et du développement. Ce manuel féministe, clair et facile à consulter, est spécifiquement conçu pour les cours de premier cycle universitaire sur les femmes, le genre et le développement international. Organisé en sept sections, il offre un panorama aussi vaste que possible des préoccupations féministes reliées au genre et au développement, alimentant ainsi les réflexions et les études de cas dans le domaine.

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  • One year after her death, Marielle is still present
    by DANIELLE COENGA-OLIVEIRA,  
    3/14/2019

    In 2018, the world knew about the story of Marielle Franco, the Brazilian city councillor brutally murdered in Rio de Janeiro. On March 14, the car in which Marielle was travelling received 14 shots, killing the councillor (with four bullets in the head) and Anderson Gomes, who was driving the car. Investigations to date indicate that the projectiles with which Marielle and Anderson were shot were purchased by the Brazilian Federal Police.

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  • Problemas de democracia en Honduras
    by DANIEL VASQUEZ,  
    2/1/2019

    The present study on the characteristics of the Honduran political system tries to provide elements to understand why, over the last ten years, the Central American country has been the scene of numerous crises, whose consequences have favoured variations of political identities, and the development of authoritarian or neo-populist options. Following the reflections of professors Charles W. Anderson and Mario Posas, this text proposes the identification of the main “power contenders” and their interaction with each other, as the interpretive key to decipher the challenges Honduras is facing. The article can serve as a starting point to contextualise the recent “migrant caravans” and the recent conflicts between political parties and the different sectors of organized civil society.

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  • Problèmes de la démocratie au Honduras
    by DANIEL VASQUEZ,  
    2/1/2019

    The present study on the characteristics of the Honduran political system tries to provide elements to understand why, over the last ten years, the Central American country has been the scene of numerous crises, whose consequences have favoured variations of political identities, and the development of authoritarian or neo-populist options. Following the reflections of professors Charles W. Anderson and Mario Posas, this text proposes the identification of the main “power contenders” and their interaction with each other, as the interpretive key to decipher the challenges Honduras is facing. The article can serve as a starting point to contextualise the recent “migrant caravans” and the recent conflicts between political parties and the different sectors of organized civil society.

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  • “It Was Once a Radical Democratic Proposal”: Theories of Gradual Institutional Change in Brazilian Participatory Budgeting
    by FRANÇOISE MONTAMBEAULT,  
    12/17/2018

    Because of its early positive assessments, participatory budgeting (PB) has been and continues to be praised by several policymakers, and the Brazilian model has become an institutional blueprint around the world. No one questions the way the model has evolved in Brazilian municipalities with a long tradition of PB, but it was institutionalized there through practice and not through state legislation. It is thus highly permeable to political will and evolving ideas.

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  • Politiques de sécurité et unités de police pacificatrice à Rio de Janeiro: Pratiques et représentations chez les policiers militaires de Mangueira
    by ANNABELLE DIAS FELIX,  
    10/31/2018

    Since the early 2000s, public security has been a recurrent issue for the city of Rio de Janeiro. However, within the context of mega-events in the city, Rio further accelerated its public security policy reform process. In 2008, the State of Rio de Janeiro’s Governor, Sergio Filho Cabral, decided to establish a «pacification» policy in the city.

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  • Incomplete Universalization? Peruvian Social Policy Reform, Universalism, and Gendered Outcomes
    by NORA NAGELS,  
    7/4/2018

    This article analyzes Peruvian social reforms of the early 2000s, in relation to the stated goal of increasing universality as well as to their gendered impacts. It argues that three principal limitations inhibited the move to universality and did little to promote gender equality. First, the quality of public service is weak and this has had a particularly adverse impact on women. Second, the reforms have not limited the historical fragmentation of the Peruvian social policy architecture. Finally, social program implementation is still coercive, limiting the reinforcement of social rights based on citizenship for women.

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  • Pedagogías decoloniales desde Abya Yala: desarrollo de teorías feministas a partir de lo vivido
    by DANIELLE COENGA-OLIVEIRA,  
    6/1/2018

    The chapter aims to present the potential of individual and collective experiences for the joint construction of knowledge and the development of decolonial feminist pedagogies.

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  • La pensée féministe noire by Patricia Hill Collins
    by DANIELLE COENGA-OLIVEIRA,  
    4/1/2018

    Book review of La pensée féministe noire by Patricia Hill Collins

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  • Hall of Mirrors: Media, Democratization, and the Public Sphere in Maranhão, Brazil
    by JULIÁN DURAZO-HERRMANN,  
    2/6/2018

    Freedom of expression and access to diverse sources of information are seen as critical elements of democracy, although their concretization on the ground is subject to strong interference. Recent regime change in Maranhão, one of Brazil’s poorest states, has led to the emergence of new media and some expansion of the public sphere.

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  • Uma Constituição cidadã? Sucessos e limites da institucionalização de um sistema de participação cidadã no Brasil democrático
    by FRANÇOISE MONTAMBEAULT,  
    1/1/2018

    A adoção da Constituição democrática de 1988 foi marcada pela vontade de romper com o período autoritário e de incluir a participação ampla dos cidadãos brasileiros nos processos decisórios locais, estaduais e nacionais. Após 30 anos a linguagem da inclusão dos cidadãos e da Constituição cidadã foi retomada pelos políticos de todos os níveis de governos para marcar a ambição democrática e inclusive de suas ambições particulares.

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  • Cartography of disputes in the public arena of electoral corruption in Brazil
    by RUBENS LIMA MORAES,  
    12/1/2017

    This article explores the debate in the public arena of electoral corruption in Brazil, from a pragmatic sociology perspective, to map and unfold its main disputes.

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  • Comparison in Journalism, Media and Politics
    by JULIÁN DURAZO-HERRMANN,  
    12/1/2017

    To study journalism, media or politics is to study each topic individually as well as in the context of their relationships with each other and with the societies in which they operate and to which they contribute.

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  • Judith Butler the instrumentalization of religious discourse and the violence of a conservative society
    by DANIELLE COENGA-OLIVEIRA,  
    12/1/2017

    Discussion on feminist philosopher Judith Butler s trip to Brazil in a conservative context

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  • Civil society organizations and social innovation. How and to what extent are they influencing social and political change?
    by RUBENS LIMA MORAES,  
    8/1/2017

    This study aims to understand how civil society organizations (CSOs) perform and influence public arenas.

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  • O que a lama nos deixou: reflexões sobre a tragédia de Mariana, a mídia e a mineração no Brasil
    by LUANA MELODY VASCONCELOS BRASIL,  
    8/1/2017

    On November 5th, 2015, in Mariana, Minas Gerais, a dam that kept iron ore tailings collapsed, causing a catastrophic mudslide that completely destroyed two villages, killed 19 people and thousands of animals (both aquatic and terrestrial) and polluted more than 700 kilometers before reaching the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • «Conformez-vous!»: Les résistances et contestations à la marchandisation du savoir dans l’université néolibérale
    by DANIELLE COENGA-OLIVEIRA,  
    7/15/2017

    du Séminaire doctoral en science politique à l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Les changements économiques et politiques des années 1970 ont impulsé une réorganisation du processus de production de la connaissance. Afin de s’adapter au nouveau contexte sociopolitique de libéralisation des marchés et des efforts des États pour établir la compétitivité des économies nationales, les universités ont dû subir une grande restructuration. L’université néolibérale est alors caractérisée par une exigence de productivité accrue, par des compressions budgétaires, par l’accumulation de tâches administratives pour les enseignant-e-s ainsi que par une marchandisation des savoirs. En ce sens, cet article vise à s’interroger sur la néolibéralisation de l’université contemporaine et sur les transformations pratiques qui la caractérisent dans le but de proposer des pistes de réflexion sur les résistances possibles à la précarisation de l’institution par le système néolibéral. Il présente un bref contexte sur l’émergence de l’université néolibérale et les caractéristiques de ce type d’université. Dans un deuxième temps, l’article aborde des pistes de résistance à la marchandisation de la connaissance et, finalement, il propose une réflexion sur la contestation des savoirs hégémoniques. En bref, l’article invite à la remise en question de la logique de productivité qui sous-tend l’université néolibérale et cache un système d’homogénéisation de la pensée qui contribue à la construction des savoirs hégémoniques aboutissant à la marginalisation des savoirs subalternes.

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  • Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean: Subnational Structures, Institutions, and Clientelistic Networks
    by TINA HILGERS,  
    6/19/2017

    Late one night in Quito, Ecuador, two women were held in the office of a jail. One, a pregnant local woman with dark hair and skin, had been found in possession of a drawer full of watches.

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  • Civil society and social innovation in the public sphere: a pragmatic perspective
    by RUBENS LIMA MORAES,  
    5/1/2017

    This article proposes a new theoretical approach for the study of social innovation processes promoted by civil society actors in the public sphere, based on French pragmatic sociology.

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  • Civil Society and Social Innovation in Public Arenas in Brazil: Trajectory and Experience of the Movement Against Electoral Corruption (MCCE)
    by RUBENS LIMA MORAES,  
    4/1/2017

    In recent decades, the Brazilian Movement Against Electoral Corruption (MCCE) has been promoting social innovation in the public sphere, which led to mobilization towards the creation of two popular initiatives in Brazil

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  • América Latina en el Internacionalismo Sindical
    by THOMAS COLLOMBAT,  
    2/1/2017

    Actas de las Terceras Jornadas de Estudios sobre América Latina y el Caribe, Instituto de Estudios sobre América Latina y el Caribe, Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2017

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  • Identidade, território e política no contexto de violência na América latina
    by TINA HILGERS,  
    1/1/2017

    Este livro é resultado do workshop “Clientelismo e Violência na América Latina e no Caribe”, realizado em dezembro de 2013, na Universidade de Carleton, Ottawa, Canadá.

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  • Social Policy Instruments in Motion. Conditional Cash Transfers from Mexico to Peru
    by NORA NAGELS,  
    12/5/2016

    Social policy prescriptions for Latin America have shifted significantly over recent decades. This article tracks a process by which a conditional cash transfer (CCT) to mothers, begun in a Mexican programme with some pretensions to promoting gender equality, was standardized by international organizations, becoming a policy instrument characterized by gender sensitivity, but having little attention to equality.

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  • The Politics of Local Participatory Democracy in Latin America. Institutions, Actors, and Interactions
    by FRANÇOISE MONTAMBEAULT,  
    1/1/2015

    Participatory democracy innovations aimed at bringing citizens back into local governance processes are now at the core of the international democratic development agenda. Municipalities around the world have adopted local participatory mechanisms of various types in the last two decades, including participatory budgeting, the flagship Brazilian program, and participatory planning, as it is the case in several Mexican municipalities. Yet, institutionalized participatory mechanisms have had mixed results in practice at the municipal level. So why and how does success vary? This book sets out to answer that question.

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  • Desapropriações, Resistências e o Megaevento da Copa do Mundo: tempo, poder e projetos de desenvolvimento
    by ALICE MOURA,  
    10/1/2014

    Dando ênfase à especificidade de megaeventos, em contraste com outros projetos e polos de desenvolvimento, este trabalho analisa impactos da Copa do Mundo de Futebol de 2014, na Região Metropolitana do Recife, Pernambuco.

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  • Vai ter Copa, para alguns
    by ALICE MOURA,  
    5/10/2014

    O artigo deste domingo da seção

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  • Accountability, social control and co-production of public goods: the action of twenty Brazilian social observatories aimed at citizenship and fiscal education
    by RUBENS LIMA MORAES,  
    5/1/2012

    Amidst the political and institutional maturing of Brazilian democracy, one of the ways in which society takes part in public administration affairs is through involvement in social observatories.

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  • Social observatories as promoters of social control and accountability: reflections on the Itajaí social observatory experience
    by RUBENS LIMA MORAES,  
    9/1/2010

    This article discusses the potentialities and limitations of social observatories that focus on citizenship audit in promoting social control and accountability, starting with the experience of the Itajaí Social Observatory

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