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When Social Movement Proposals Become Policy: Experiments in Sustainable Development in the Brazilian Amazon

Mary Allegretti and Marianne Schmink

in Rural Social Movements in Latin America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033327
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038391 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033327.003.0011
When Social Movement Proposals Become Policy: Experiments in Sustainable Development in the Brazilian Amazon

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This chapter discusses an analysis of two examples of innovative social movement development proposals that were adopted as public policy in Brazilian Amazonia. It analyzes the factors that led to the emergence of the successful bottom-up policy proposals, social justice, linking of environmental concerns, and land rights. It also addresses the limitations and dilemmas of scaling up alternative grassroots development policies within a state power structure that is resistant to change and is dominated by agro-business interests.

Keywords: social movement; development proposals; Brazilian Amazonia; policy proposals; state power; agro-business; land rights; environmental concerns; social justice

Chapter.  6880 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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