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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-15
Political Participation in Latin America in the Era of “Post-neoliberalism”


The purpose of this study group is to elucidate the reality of citizen political participation that has been deployed in the Latin American 'post neoliberal period'. Neoliberal reforms in the 1980s and 1990s have changed the state-society relations, reduced the powers and resources of central government, and with the force of anti-neoliberal movements, expanded the horizons of political participation. We can recognize various forms of (new) civic political participation beyond the traditional representative democratic framework for political participation, such as citizen participation in the budgeting and policy-making of local government, the establishment of a new forum for policy discussion in local sites, non-institutional political protests against government and its policy, and so on. Moreover, this new practice was one of the crucial factors that have led to ‘the resurgence of the Latin American left’ in recent years. Therefore through this research project, we aim to explore and analyze the background, operation, level of institutionalization and political impact of these new forms of current political participation.


April 2012 - February 2014

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] UETANI Naokatsu
[ Co-researchers ] SAKAGUCHI Aki
IZUOKA Naoya (Keio University, Professor)
SHINOZAKI Hideki (Keio University, Part-time Lecturer)
FUNAKI Ritsuko (Chuo University, Associate Professor)
MASUKATA Syuichiro (Sofia University, Doctor Course Student)
MIYACHI Takahiro (Doshisya University, Assistant Professor)