September/October 2008 Issue Civil Society and Social Movements: Building Sustainable Democracies in Latin America. Edited by Arthur Domike. Inter-American Development Bank, 2008, 413 pp. $23.00. Policymaking in Latin America: How Politics Shapes Policies. Edited by Ernesto Stein, Mariano Tommasi, Carlos Scartascini, and Pablo Spiller. Harvard University Press, 2008, 500 pp. $29.95. Reviewed by Richard Feinberg, [...]
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These essays provide eloquent examples of the power of citizens to solve social problems in Latin America. It is an homage to the achievements of Juan Felipe Yriart who struggled with enormous energy to overcome the obstacles that democratic progress faces in the region. Arthur Domike has integrated a superb sample of collective civic engagement [...]
In the face of chronic poverty and inequality in Latin America, there is a growing understanding that “top down” poverty reduction programs have limited, if any, sustained impact on the core problem. Civil Society and Social Movements introduces its readers to the triumphs and disappointments of citizen engagement efforts with goals such as strengthening local [...]
There is a tendency – visible among both Latin American governers as well as multilateral institutions – to view conflict as a problem, to condemn social mobilization as illegitimate and politically manipulated, and to denigrate those who protest as ill-informed. Yet such views are historically and theoretically ill-informed – for, without wishing to transpose a [...]
This is an essential book, both for its theme and for its approach: the study of recent experiences of civil society organizations in Latin America, and the lessons they provide for democratic systems. The style of government in our region tends to be top-down, limiting the participation of social movements. But in democracies, it is [...]
I celebrate the publication of this book … I am pleased that we initiated it during my presidency in the bank, and I congratulate all those who made it possible. Enrique Iglesias, President Inter-American Development Bank, 1988-2005; Secretary-general of the Ibero-American Cooperation Secretariat, 2005-
Civil Society and Social Movements makes a needed contribution to the clarification of the role of organized citizenry to development in Latin America.