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CORTES, Soraya Vargas  and  GUGLIANO, Alfredo. Between neo-corporatists and deliberationists: an interpretation on the paradigms for analysis of participatory forums in Brazil. Sociologias [online]. 2010, vol.5Selected edition, pp. 00-00. ISSN 1517-4522.

This paper introduces a debate on the main paradigms that usually base the studies concerning proposals for expanding the channels for citizen participation in public policies administration - analyses which examine participatory processes either from the perspective of "neo-corporatist" arrangements or from the view of "deliberative democracy". To this purpose, the article focus on the trajectory of the two main participatory spheres developed in Brazil over the last decades: participatory budgeting and the public policy councils. These participatory bodies were assessed especially through the analysis of four elements: a) institutional relations with governments; b) participants profile; c) scope of decision-making; and d) working dynamics. Based on the analysis of these characteristics, the authors discuss on the capability of two paradigms, neo-corporatism and deliberation, to provide a consistent model for the analysis of dissimilar participatory structures.

Keywords : Public Policy Councils; Deliberative democracies; Participatory budgeting; Neo-corporatism.

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