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Participatory democracy in urban law: comparative study Brazil and Portugal (EU)

Grant number: 13/12327-4
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2014 - February 28, 2015
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Law - Special Rights
Principal researcher:Celso Maran de Oliveira
Grantee:Celso Maran de Oliveira
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers: Dulce Margarida de Jesus Lopes ; Isabel Cristina Nunes de Sousa ; Pedro Luciano Colenci


The project aims to discuss the various possibilities of popular participation in the process of urbanization of the towns, as an important urban planning tool and an integral part of the social functionality of cities, in addition to working other instruments to achieve the concept of social function of cities, guaranteed by article 182 of the Federal Constitution of 1988. This fundamental right economically develops in line with the environment as a whole, without social exclusions, and when has a participatory urban planning. This work, in order to tackle the direct subject of the social function of cities and their interactions with other general guidelines of Urban Policy, especially the popular participation in urban public policy, presents an innovative approach aimed at the production of a theoretical scheme able to guide the management and legislative aspects in relation to urban environmental practices. The methodology will be, in General, qualitative type, through bibliographical analysis, access to official documents of the municipal urban planning, meetings and interviews with public and community managers, direct observation of the role of public authorities in relation to the participation of the community. Scroll through the subject urbanism from the General to the particular. Work yourself, always, the interactivity of the mechanisms and instruments described in laws with possible urban planning practices, especially analyzing democratic participation practices having as object of study two cities (São Carlos and Chen), with mutual contributions. (AU)

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