List of Publications


Bootstrapping Democracy.  With Patrick Heller and Marcelo K. Silva. (March 2011, Stanford University Press).

Militants and Citizens: Local Democracy on a Global Stage in Porto Alegre.  (2005, Stanford University Press). (Currently in discussions about a Portuguese translation and a Korean edition for 2012)

Radicals in Power: Experiments in Urban Democracy in Brazil (editor). (2003, Zed Press).

Under contract and under review:

The Civic Imagination.  With Elizabeth Bennett, Alissa Corder, Peter Klein, Stephanie Savell.  (Under contract, Paradigm Publishers).  Manuscript delivery date: August 2012.

Interrogating the Civil Society Agenda.  Edited with Sonia Alvarez, Agustin Lao-Montes, Jeffrey Rubin, Millie Thayer.  Under review at Duke University Press.  (In addition to co-written introduction, one chapter entitled ‘When did Participation become neoliberal?’ and  ‘Re-thinking the PT Way of Governing.’)

In Preparation

Reassembling Ethnography: ANT Beyond the Laboratory.  Guest Editor (with Michael Rodriguez and Diana Graizbord) for Special Issue of Qualitative Sociology, 2013


Peer Reviewed Articles:                                    

‘The Politics of the Habitus: Publics, Politics and Race in Brazil.’ (With Lisa Corrado) Qualitative Sociology, Spring 2010.

‘Making Space for Civil Society: Local Democracy in Brazil.’ With Patrick Heller and Marcelo K. Silva. Social Forces, March 2008.

‘The Ethnos in the Polis: Political Ethnographies in Sociology.’  With Brian Connor. in Sociology Compass 1:3, January 2008.

‘Could Participatory Budgeting work in the United States?’ with Josh Lerner. in The Good Society, 15, 2007.

Lost in Translation: Brazil’s PT from Local Practices to National Power’ with Sofia Checa. WorkingUSA: A Journal of Labor and Society 24:2, 2007.

‘The Civilizing Force of Social Movements: Corporate and Liberal Codes in Brazil’s Public Sphere,’ in Sociological Theory, 24:4, 285-311, 2006. (Featured Research Article for December 2006 Member News and Notes of the American Sociological Association)

‘Deliberative Democracy and Local Governance: Towards a New Agenda,’  with Marcus A. Melo in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 30 (3), 587–600, 2006. (Introduction to a Symposium on Deliberative Democracy)

‘Interrogating Connections: From Public Criticisms to Critical Publics in Burawoy’s Public Sociology’,’ in Critical Sociology 31(3): 339-352, 2005.

‘The Party and the Multitude:  The Workers’ Party (PT) and the World Social Forum,’  Journal of World Systems Research 10:199-215, Spring 2004. (Introduction to a Special Issue)

A revised and updated version, ‘The Party and the Multitude’, appears in B. Pobodnik, editor, Transforming Globalization, 2005.

‘The PT and the Contradictions of the Good Governance Road: Brazil’ Workers’ Party as Urban Manager’ in Development Update (South Africa) 5:287-303, 2004.

‘Anything but Racism: How Sociologists Limit the Significance of Racism’ with Eduardo Bonilla Silva, in Race & Society 4(2): 117-131, 2003.

A revised and updated version, ‘Anything but Racism: How Sociologists Limit the Significance of Racism’ appears in White Theories, White Methods, T. Zuberi, editor. 2005.

A revised and updated version, ‘How Sociologists Limit the Significance of Racism’ appears in J. Feagin, and H. Vera (eds) Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Relations, forthcoming.

‘Emergent Public Spheres; Talking and Practicing Politics in Participatory Governance.’ American Sociological Review  68:52-74, 2003.

‘Synergizing Civil Society: State Civil Society Regimes in Porto Alegre, Brazil.’ Political Power and Social Theory 15:3-86 2002/2003.

‘Media Coverage of 9-11 in Brazil.’ New Media and Society 3:2, 183-191, 2002.

‘The Pariahs of the Wonderful City; fear and the imagined geography of citizenship in in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1977-1982.’  DisClosure: A Journal of Social Theory 11:143-163, 2002.

‘Brazilian Cities in the Nineties and Beyond: New Urban Dystopias and Dystopias’ in Socialism and Democracy 30:43-63, 2001.

‘Participation, Activism and Politics: the Porto Alegre case and Deliberative Democratic Theory.’ Politics & Society 29: 43-72, 2001.

A revised and updated version, ‘The Porto Alegre Experiment in Empowered Participatory Governance’, appears in A. Fung and E. O. Wright (eds). Deepening Democracy, Verso, 2003.

A Spanish version, ‘El Ativismo, La Sociedad Civil y La Politica:  El Caso de Porto Alegre’ appears in Archon Fung and E.O. Wright (eds) Aprofundando La Democracia, FLACSO, 2005.


Under Review and in Preparation

‘The Politics of Community and the Politics of Justice: Images of the political in Ranciere, Schmitt, Agamben and Foucault’ with Brian Connor, Revise and Resubmit at Thesis Eleven.

‘Teaching Political Ethnography Collaboratively.’  With Alissa Cordner and Peter Klein.  Revise and Resubmit at Teaching Sociology

The ‘Pink Tide’ and Participatory Spaces: Recasting Deliberative Dilemmas.  With Einar Braaten, Maira Rodriguez, Felix Sanchez.  Under review at  Latin American Perspectives

‘Politics and Its Problems: Civil Society and Disavowal in an American City.’ With Alissa Cordner, Peter Klein, Stephanie Savell, and Elizabeth Bennett.  For submission to American Sociological Review.

‘National Policies/Local Politics: Policy Instruments and Interfaces in Brazil’ for submission to International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.  With Einar Braaten, Adrian Gurza Lavalle, Maira Rodriguez and Felix Sanchez.

‘Spatial Patterns and Associational Life in São Paulo.’ With Adrian Gurza Lavalle, John Sydenstricker-Neto, and Marcelo K. Silva.


Book Chapters:                                    

‘But Who Will Speak for the People? The Translation of Participatory Budgeting in a Global Context’ for Heller and Rao, edited volume, Deliberative Democracy (The World Bank, forthcoming 2011)

‘How and When did Participation Become Neoliberal?’ chapter for Remaking Urban Citizenship: Organizations, Institutions, and the Right to the City, edited by Michael Peter Smith and Michael McQuarrie, forthcoming,  2011 Brill Publishers.

 ‘Talking Politics in Participatory Governance’.   in The Handbook of Participation, edited by Andrea Cornwall (2010, Zed Publishers)

Cultural Sociology and Civil Society in a World of Flows: Recapturing Ambiguity, Hybridity and the Political.  Forthcoming in Handbook of Cultural Sociology, edited by Jeffrey Alexander, Ron Jacobs, Phil Smith. (2010, Oxford University Press)

‘Representation by Design: Participatory Budgeting in Brazilian Municipalities’ with Patrick Heller.  In Rethinking Representation, edited by Olle Thornquist and Christian Stokke (2009, Palgrave)

‘Politicizing the Civic:  Porto Alegre’s Participation in Context’  Forthcoming in Political Participation in Brazil in Chile, edited by Joni Uhlenbeck and Gerard Van der Ree. (2009, Brill Publishers)

‘Cities as the New Spaces for Citizenship Demands: The Movements for Urban Democracy in Brazil, Mexico and South Africa’ in Altered States, M. Menser and H. Gautney, editors.  (Routledge 2009)


‘The New and the Old in the Workers’ Party of Brazil’ with Sofia Checa.  In Leftovers: Tales of the Latin American Left.  J. Castañeda and M.A. Morales-Barba (eds) (2008, Routledge).

‘A Etnografia da Sociedade Civil: O curioso caso do associativismo etnico em Salvador.’ (The Ethnography of Civil Society: The Curious Case of Ethnic Associationalism in Salvador) with Lisa Corrado in O Associativismo no Nordeste. Avritzer, L. (ed) (2007, UFMG)

‘Evaluating Empowerment:  Participatory Budgeting in Brazilian Municipalities.’  With Patrick Heller, Shubham Chaudhuri, and Marcelo Kunrath Silva,  95-128 in Alsop, R., M. Bertelsen and J. Holland (eds). Empowerment in Practice: From Analysis to Implementation  (2006, The World Bank)

‘Performing Democracy in the Streets:  The Connections of Legislative Theater and Participatory Budgeting, ‘ in Schutzman, M. and J. Cohen-Cruz (eds), A Boal Companion: Dialogues on Theatre and Cultural Politics (2006, Routledge)

‘Decentralization as Opportunity Structure: Inequality and Innovation in Brazil’ 53-80  In Bardhan, P. and D. Mukerjee,(eds) Decentralization and Local Governance in Developing Countries: A Comparative Perspective (2006, MIT Press)

‘Porto Alegre: The Dynamism of the Unorganized’ 37-56 in Chavez, D. and B. Goldfrank (eds), The Left and the City (2006, Latin American Bureau)

Reprinted as ‘El Dinamismo de los desorganisados’ in La Isquierda y La Ciudad, Chavez and Goldfrank (eds).

‘Subsidios, Hegemonia, e Diferença: O Lugar da Sociedade Civil em Porto Alegre (Elementos para uma critica).’ (Subsidies, Hegemony, and Difference: The Place of Civil Society in Porto Alegre; Elements for a Critique).  Portuguese/ English/French in Avançando Nossos Limites, Verle and Brunnet, eds. (2002: Editora Vozes)


Other Publications: Reports, Popular Articles, Dictionary Entries and Introductions

‘Whither Politics: Comment on Freschi and Meme’ (2000 words) commentary in Sociologica, online journal of the Italian Sociology Association (2010).

‘A deficit in participatory democracy.’ Editorial in the Providence Journal (April 3 2009)

‘The Post Doesn’t Travel:  Barack Obama’s Post-Racial Politics Around the World’ in Contexts, Fall 2008. (3,500 words)

‘The Radical Idea of Having a Voice in Your Government: Lessons from the Global South.’  In Boston Review, Spring 2006. (4,000 words)

‘Lula at the Crossroads’ in Economic and Political Weekly (India), February 2006 (4,500 words).

‘Crisis of the PT’ in Against the Current, May 2006 (4,000 words).

‘The Road (Not Yet?) Taken:  The Workers’ Party after 18 months of National Power.’ In Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 2005. (2500 words)

Using and Teaching Sassen’s Cities in a World Economy 3rd Edition, Instructor’s Resource and Textbank.  (CD-ROM) Pine Forge Publishers, 2006.

‘Evaluating Participatory Budgeting in Brazilian Municipalities’ Final Report for World Bank Working Group on Empowerment.  12/2004

‘After Dependency: New narratives on (new) Inequalities in the Caribbean and Latin America.’ Report for the World Bank working group on inequalities.  August 2002.

‘On Just Getting By: Contingent Work in Southern California’s New Economy’with Sundary Baru and Paula Chakravartty.  Report for the Center for Policy Initiatives, San Diego, California, May, 2002.

‘Análise de classes com um sotaque’ (‘Class Analysis with an accent’) preface to José Alcídes Figueiredo’s book Estrutura de Classes no Brasil. Vozes, 2002.

Dictionary Entries for The Dictionary of Sociology: Democracy, Culture, Political Sociology, Sociology of Development, Marxist Sociology, Political Culture, Critical Sociology. The Gale Group: 2001.

‘Thoughts on Brazil’s Future’ (Interview by Stephanie Luce) in Against the Current 2003.


Book Reviews


Review of Avritzer’s Participatory Institutions in Democratic Brazil in Latin American Politics and Society 2010

Review of Wampler’s Participatory Budgeting in Brazil in The Americas 2010

Review of Alexander’s The Civil Sphere in Choice 2008

Review of Daniels’ Race and Multiraciality in Brazil and the United States, in Choice, 2008

Review of Bobo and Tuan’s Prejudice in Politics, in Choice, 2008

Review of Holzner and Holzner’s Transparency and Global Change in Contemporary Sociology, 2007

Review of Mariscal’s Brown-Eyed Children of the Sun in Choice 2007.

Review of Davis’ Planet of Slums in Choice 2007.

Review of Corbridge, Williams, Srivastava, and Véron’s Seeing the State: Governance and Governmentality in The American Journal of Sociology. 2008

Review of Robert Fishman’s Democracy’s Voices in Mobilization, 2005.

Review of Brettschneider’s Democratic Theorizing from the Margins in Journal of World Systems Theory 2004.

Review of Wilensky’s Rich Democracies, Social Forces 2004.

Review of Guttman’s Romance of Democracy and Avritzer’s Democracy and the Public Space in Brazil in American Journal of Sociology, 2003.

Review of Baker’s Understanding the Causes of Puerto Rican Poverty in Contemporary Sociology, 2003.

The Urban Question in a Global World: ’(a book review of David Harvey’s Spaces of Hope) in Socialism and Democracy 33, 2002.

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