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FERREIRA, Isabel. Governance, participation and local development. Sociologia [online]. 2015, vol.30, pp.97-117. ISSN 0872-3419.

Reflecting problems that have been raising more broadly the questioning and reinvention of representative democracies, urban governance management is facing a number of dilemmas to wich the manipulation of technical knowledge cannot respond, and given rise to growing movements around more participated democratic models. The article discusses the models of contemporary governance of cities and problematizes its essential dimensions, including power relations, the strghtening of social, civic and political participation, urban development and distribution of resources

Keywords : Governance; democracy; participation; urban development.

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