Citizenship and Access to Rights

  • Valesca Lima
Part of the Governance, Development, and Social Inclusion in Latin America book series (GDSILA)


This chapter outlines the concept of innovative governance. It discusses the struggles for citizenship rights with focus on Brazil, while situating the study within the literature on governance and citizenship. Throughout this chapter, I put emphasis on the struggle for citizenship rights as a fundamental political battle that depends on the distribution of power and the ability and opportunities for the poor to engage in the political sphere to overcome disadvantages. In attempting to offer a dynamic view of governance and literature on citizen rights in the context of the current right-wing governments, I consider the consequences of political changes to public policies and citizenship rights in Brazil and Latin America.


Citizenship rights Policy-making Neoliberalism Democratic innovation Participation 


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