Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance
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Handbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance

Edited by Stephen Elstub and Oliver Escobar

Democratic innovations are proliferating in politics, governance, policy, and public administration. These new processes of public participation are reimagining the relationship between citizens and institutions. This Handbook advances understanding of democratic innovations, in theory and practice, by critically reviewing their importance throughout the world. The overarching themes are a focus on citizens and their relationship to these innovations, and the resulting effects on political equality. The Handbook therefore offers a definitive overview of existing research on democratic innovations, while also setting the agenda for future research and practice.
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Chapter 26: Democratic innovations in Latin America

Thamy Pogrebinschi and Melisa Ross


This chapter aims at elucidating the rich diversity of democratic innovations that have evolved in Latin America during the past three decades. It accounts for historical and political processes that contributed to the expansion of citizen participation in the region, as well as for single country narratives that compose the landscape in which new institutions, processes, and practices for citizen participation were able to take root. We provide examples of emblematic democratic innovations in several countries, which can be said to have had some impact. In conclusion, we argue that if Latin America has a lesson to offer regarding democratic innovation it is that experimentation and institutionalisation should coexist.

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