TITLE

New Political Spaces and Public Sphere 'Deliberativeness' in Ecuador, 1822-2011

AUTHOR(S)
Farrington, Conor
PUB. DATE
September 2012
SOURCE
International Journal of Politics, Culture & Society;Sep2012, Vol. 25 Issue 1-3, p15
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Widely adopted decentralisation policies have increased the significance of local citizen participation in Latin America, especially with regard to 'new political spaces', or spaces for citizen-government engagement distinct from both electoral democracy and non-electoral political activism. Since new political spaces tend to employ 'deliberative democratic' methods of decision making, their prospects depend to a considerable extent on the extent to which surrounding 'public spheres' enable or constrain deliberation. This paper focuses on the specific case of Ecuador, drawing upon theories of deliberative democracy and the public sphere to assess the likely prospects for new political spaces in Ecuador through an examination of the key aspects of Ecuadorian politics and society since independence from Spain in 1822.
ACCESSION #
79292976

 

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