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Research Projects

FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 4-04
Political Participation by “the Excluded” in Latin America


Through this research project, we aim to explore the origins and the changes of political (or democratic) practices in progressive local governments in the age of “left turns” in Latin America. Paying special attention to “the excluded” group that grew under the era of “neoliberalism”, we attempt to grasp by what sort of measures and to what extent local governments have accomplished the ”political inclusion” of “the excluded”, and, at the same time, have influenced national (democratic) politics in each case.


April 2010 - March 2012

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] UETANI Naokatsu
[ Co-researchers ] KONTA Ryohei
UKEDA Hiroyuki (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Associate Professor)
FUNAKI Ritsuko (Chuo University, Full-time Lecturer)