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Reflections on the Venezuelan Transition from a Capitalist Representative to a Socialist Participatory Democracy: What Are Planners to Do?

Clara Irazabal; John Foley

Title:
Reflections on the Venezuelan Transition from a Capitalist Representative to a Socialist Participatory Democracy: What Are Planners to Do?
Author(s):
Irazabal, Clara
Foley, John
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department:
Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Volume:
37
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Book/Journal Title:
Latin American Perspectives
Abstract:
Venezuela is experiencing a transitional political process in which the government and the majority of Venezuelans want to move from a capitalist representative democracy to a more socialist participatory democracy. This transition is enmeshed in complexities, contradictions, and political opposition. Reflection on the experience of accompanying neighborhood groups in local decision making in Caracas from 2002 to 2006 suggests that planning practitioners and scholars can be allies in the grassroots processes of empowerment and self-determination of local communities and advocates and active agents in the "trickling-up" of greater planning participation to upper levels of government.
Subject(s):
Urban planning
Public policy
Publisher DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0094582X09351714
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