The Porto Alegre Alternative

The Porto Alegre Alternative

Direct Democracy in Action

eBook - 2004
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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. *BR**BR*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.*BR**BR*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.
First English-language guide to the new form of democractic government pioneered in Porto Alegre, Brazil

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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