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Environment and consultation in the Brazilian democratic developmental state.

Hochstetler, Kathryn and Tranjan, J. (2016) Environment and consultation in the Brazilian democratic developmental state. Comparative Politics, 48 (4). pp. 497-516. ISSN 0010-4159

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Identification Number: 10.5129/001041516819197593

Abstract

Twenty-first century developmental projects like those of the Brazilian Workers' Party take place in a regulatory context that—at least on paper—demands new scrutiny of their environmental and community impacts. Scholars of the democratic developmental state also argue that development now requires building human capabilities, promoting sustainable development, and seeking community feedback. We examine 302 electricity projects financed by BNDES to see if and when these developmentalist infrastructure projects faced challenging scrutiny on environmental and community impact grounds. 29 percent generated organized community opposition, extended licensing processes, and/or legal action. These were most common for large projects and projects where community and state actors worked together in blocking coalitions. We conclude that the ideals of the democratic developmental state are more compatible in theory than in practice.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/cuny/cp
Additional Information: © 2016 City University of New York
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 13:07
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 06:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84546

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