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Cornwall, Andrea and Shankland, Alex (2010) 'Taking a seat on Brazil's health councils.' openDemocracy.

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In Brazil, it is common to find citizens jammed together into municipal halls on neat, narrow rows of white plastic chairs, each a personal podium for the citizens cum policy-makers participating in the country’s vaunted experiments in participatory democracy. The most internationally recognised of these experiments has been in participatory budgeting, but just as significant in Brazil has been the advent of health councils, now found in nearly all of the country’s 5,000-plus municipalities. These councils are empowered by law to inspect public accounts and demand accountability, and some strongly influence how resources for health services are spent.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Civil society; Brazil; Participation
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 14765888
Copyright Statement: This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International licence. Please check individual images for licensing details.
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:05

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