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Poverty and Democracy: Self-Help and Political Participation in Third World Cities

Edited By: Dirk Berg-Schlosser and Norbert Kersting

304 pages, tabs, Figs

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Paperback | Mar 2003 | #135613 | ISBN: 1842772058
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Based on field research in Brazil, Chile, Ivory Coast and Kenya, this book describes the diversity of political cultures within which the 'active poor' seek to improve ther lives.


1. Poverty And Democracy: A Contradiction? - Dirk Berg-Schlosser and Norbert Kersting 2. National Contexts Brazil - Barbara Happe Chile - Jaime Sperberg Ivory Coast - Sylvia Schmitt Kenya - Dirk Berg-Schlosser 3. Housing Conditions and Policies - Sylvia Schmitt Urbanisation and Precarious Living Housing Policies Summary 4. Social Structures and Living Conditions - Barbara Happe and Jaime Sperberg Marginality and extent of poverty Objective living conditions Perception of personal situation Concluding remarks 5. Collective Interest Groups - Barbara Happe and Claus-Dieter Konig Characterisation of Shanty Town Organisations Characterisation of the most important local groups Latin American urban organisations Local organisations in Africa Membership profile of the most important organisations Concluding Remarks 6. Political Culture - Barbara Happe and Sylvia Schmitt Political interest and political knowledge Value structures The legitimacy of the political system Responsiveness and effectiveness of government Concluding remarks: is there a political culture of the urban poor? 7. Political Participation - Norbert Kersting and Jaime Sperberg Patterns of political participation Analysis by country Voting behaviour Who votes for the government and who for the opposition? Concluding remarks 8. Multi-Level Analyses - Dirk Berg-Schlosser Living conditions and social relationships Interest organisation Political culture Political participation 9. The Urban Poor as Target of Development Policy - Norbert Kersting Development aid and its orientation towards poverty Potential and deficits of self-help organisation Summary 10. Conclusions and Perspectives - Dirk Berg-Schlosser Bibliography

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Dirk Berg-Schlosser is professor of political science at Marburg University, Germany. His publications include Political Culture in Germany (Macmillan, 1993) and The Conditions of Democracy in Europe 1919-39 (Macmillan 1999). Norbert Kersting is an assistant professor at Marburg. The Contributors are German and Chilean political scientists, each responsible for research in one of the four countries represented in this volume.

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