Citizen Participation political courses in the City of São Paulo: An study of São Paulo Municipal Participative Council

Lima, Livia de Souza; Desenzi, Thiago Henrique; de Camargo Penteado, Cláudio Luís
Political institutions are concentrating considerable efforts in order to bridge a perceived gap in between government and society and one tool for that is usually found within the boundaries of citizen participation on formulation, evaluation and implementation of public policies. Having this in mind, the present article aims to explore the city of São Paulo Participatory Council creation process, as a tool for the constitution of a participative and decentralized public administration. In December 2013, 1125 councillors were elected from the civil society to work within the 32 administrative divisions in São Paulo, thus consolidating an established premise in the city’s organic plan from 1989, after overcoming strong resistances exerted by local political elites. In this sense, willing to analyse this important public policy construction process, this article proposes a reflection on its consolidation, exploring the political motivations that underpinned the Council creation. Moreover, this article will also look into the ways by which this process was constructed that finally resulted at the elections. The proposal here is to problematize this process dynamics, being able to critically assess it, in consonance to the democratization theoretical frame.
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Paper/Extenso Congresos GIGAPP
V Congreso Internacional en Gobierno, Administración y Políticas Públicas
Sede INAP. Madrid, España
29-Sept 01-Oct. 2014
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