Peter P. Houtzager - Research Fellow
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Latin America and the Caribbean.
Dr Peter Houtzager received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been a fellow at IDS since 1999. He is a political scientist with broad training in comparative politics and historical-institutional analysis.
Areas of specialisation include: urban governance; citizen-state relations; varieties of civil society and democratisation processes; social network analysis and multi-methods research; social movement theory, and political development in Latin America.
State Reform and Social Accountability
This IDS Bulletin focuses on the role of civil society actors in the design of sectoral reforms and the possibilities of social accountability resulting from this role. In addition to large institutional reforms in social assistance and health, the articles cover education reform in India as well. They are compiled from the first year fieldwork findings of the study called ‘Modes of Service Delivery, Collective Action and Social Accountability in Brazil, India, and Mexico’. More details
Associations and the Exercise of Citizenship in New Democracies: Evidence from São Paulo and Mexico City
A well-established body of democratic theory suggests that associations are the schools of democracy and, because they produce civic and active citizens, are vital to the quality of democracy. In this paper we find that this may not be the case in newer democracies with authoritarian legacies. Survey research in the large urban centers of São Paulo and Mexico City reveals that citizens who participate in associations are more likely to actively pursue a range of rights and entitlements, but this participation does not improve the quality of their relations with government. More details
Representação Política Mediante Organizações Civis: A Construção de Legitimidade no Contexto da Pós-transição
Variedades de Sociedad Civil: la construcción política de las organizaciones civiles', paper presented at the 3rd Congreso Latinoamericano de Ciencia Política, UNICAMP, Brazil, 4-6 September
Varieties of Civil Society and Patterns of Political Representation in Contemporary São Paulo and Mexico City', paper presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Associação Brasileira de Ciencia Política, UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 26-29 July
Ampliação da Representação Política e Sociedade Civil', Lua Nova – Revista de Cultura e Política, special edition on Political Representation.
The Movement of the Landless (MST) and the Juridical Field in Brazil
This paper focuses on the Movement of the Landless (MST) in Brazil, which through a number of legal strategies has helped produce watershed high court rulings, contributed to the process of constitutionalising law, and made access to land more equitable in parts of Brazil by redefining property rights in practice. More details
In Whose Name? Political Representation and Civil Organisations in Brazil
This paper examines which organisations define themselves as political representatives and the forms of representation they are constructing. It also explores some of the possible consequences of different forms of representation for democracy. More details
Changing Paths: International Development and the New Politics of Inclusion
After two decades of marketizing, an array of national and international actors have become concerned with growing global inequality, the failure to reduce the numbers of very poor people in the world, and a perceived global backlash against international economic institutions. More details
Civil Society Representation in the Participatory Budget and Deliberative Councils of São Paulo, Brazil
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