Mobilizing for Democracy is an in-depth study into how ordinary citizens and their organizations mobilize to deepen democracy. Featuring a collection of new empirical case studies from Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, this important new book illustrates how alternative forms of political mobilization such as protests, social participation, activism, litigation and lobbying engage with the formal institutions of representative democracy in ways that constitute the very essence of democratic politics and not, as many authors suggest, an indication of its failure. No other volume has brought together examples from such a broad Southern spectrum and covering such a diversity of actors: rural and urban dwellers, transnational activists, religious groups, politicians and social leaders. The cases illuminate the crucial contribution that citizen mobilization makes to democratization and the building of state institutions and reflect the uneasy relationship between citizens and the institutions that are designed to foster their political participation.
V. Schattan P. Coelho and B. von Lieres (Editors). Mobilising for Democracy: Citizen Action and the Politics of Public Participation. Zed Books, (2010) ISBN 9781848134454 (Hardback), 9781848134461 (Paperback)