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Democracy at Work
Pathways to Well-Being in Brazil

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  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108493147

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  • One of the greatest challenges in the twenty-first century is to address large, deep, and historic deficits in human development. Democracy at Work explores a crucial question: how does democracy, with all of its messy, contested, and, time-consuming features, advance well-being and improve citizens' lives? Professors Brian Wampler, Natasha Borges Sugiyama, and Michael Touchton argue that differences in the local robustness of three democratic pathways - participatory institutions, rights-based social programs, and inclusive state capacity - best explain the variation in how democratic governments improve well-being. Using novel data from Brazil and innovative analytic techniques, the authors show that participatory institutions permit citizens to express voice and exercise vote, inclusive social programs promote citizenship rights and access to public resources, and more capable local states use public resources according to democratic principles of rights protections and equal access. The analysis uncovers how democracy works to advance capabilities related to poverty, health, women's empowerment, and education.

    • Shows how key dimensions of democracy are associated with improvements in human development and well-being
    • Links the human development 'capability' approach to debates on the quality of democracy
    • Constructs a unique database of 5,570 Brazilian municipalities coupled with municipal-level process tracing to explain how democracy improves well-being
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108493147
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 47 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Democracy at work
    2. Building pathways for change
    3. Research design, methods, and variables
    4. Reducing poverty: broadening access to income
    5. Improving health: saving lives
    6. Empowering women: saving mothers and enhancing opportunities
    7. Educating society: promoting public education and learning
    8. Pathways at work: lessons from Brazil's poor Northeast
    Conclusion: how democracy improves well-being.

  • Authors

    Brian Wampler, Boise State University, Idaho
    Brian Wampler is Professor of Political Science at Boise State University, Idaho. He is the author of Activating Democracy in Brazil: Popular Participation, Social Justice, and Interlocking Institutions (2015), and Participatory Budgeting in Brazil: Contestation, Cooperation and Accountability (2007).

    Natasha Borges Sugiyama, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
    Natasha Borges Sugiyama Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is the author of Diffusion of Good Government: Social Sector Reforms in Brazil (2012).

    Michael Touchton, University of Miami
    Michael Touchton is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami. He is the co-author of Salvaging Communities: How American Cities Rebuild Closed Military Bases (Forthcoming) with Amanda Johnson.

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