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Deliberative Municipal Governance in Latin America: Causes and Consequences

This paper tries first to explain the reasons for the emergence of deliberative municipal governance in Latin America. Second it evaluates these experiences in the light of the criteria developed by Fung and Wright (2001) to try to discern how much they represent a significantly new approach to governance than can be considered both more deliberative and democratic than previous experiences. The data in this study are quite preliminary and should not be taken as “the final word” on the subject. But the hope is that even a cursory look at a few of these processes in Latin America can shed some light on an emerging trend in municipal governance and point us in fruitful directions in the debate on the potential and limitations of deliberative democracy in formal government processes.

Andrew Seele

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