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Fall 2015-2016
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Latin American Studies Seminar - Direct and Participatory Democracy in Latin America

Margarita López Maya

The purpose of this Workshop-Seminar is to analyze different theories and experiences of direct and participatory democracy in Latin America that aimed to correct the deficits of representative democracy. Social movements, left wing parties and governments argued that profound reforms were needed in order to address extreme socioeconomic inequalities, and political exclusions in Latin American societies. These democratic innovations also aimed to improve government efficiency, to reduce corruption, and to reduce violence by strengthening community ties among citizens.

Sample reading list:
Altman, David, Direct Democracy at the Turn of the Century
Lissidini, Alicia, Direct Democracy in Uruguay and Venezuela
Avritzer; Leonardo, Participatory Institutions in Democratic Brazil
Markovic, Mihailo, New Forms of Democracy in Socialism
McCarthy, Michel M., The Possibilities and Limits of Politicized Participation
López Maya, Margarita, Caracas: The State and People's Power in the Barrio
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
All students are expected to participate in class by reading and discussing the materials assigned for each session. Presentations will be given in each session by students. Additionally, students must present a short essay as final evaluation.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other information:
The class will be taught in English. Some readings will be in Spanish.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20788 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:18 Limit:25