Get to know the books published, organized or written by our researchers. It is worth mentioning that the works presented here are only those related to the theme covered by Resocie, although some of our researchers have other works in other areas.


Institutional activism: creativity and struggle in Brazilian bureaucracy

Organização: Rebecca Abers and chapters by many Resocie authors

This book is an invitation to creativity: the creativity that was demonstrated in the inhospitable environment of bureaucracy; the creativity that was demanded in the research and in the understanding of the unexpected; and, now, the creativity of the reader, so that he can have another perspective of the State and, from what is glimpsed here, be open to the unpredictable. In the blink of an eye, the context has already changed, history is challenged, and activist actions may appear with other contours, from where one least imagines


Editors: Roberto Pires, Gabriela Lotta e Vanessa Elias de Oliveira e and chapters by others Resocie authors

A evolução dos estudos sobre burocracia e políticas públicas no Brasil tem sido marcada por aproximações e distanciamentos.  A partir de meados dos anos 2000, o tema volta a ganhar proeminência nas agendas de pesquisa, agora privilegiando olhares para as interações de distintos atores burocráticos com atores sociais, políticos e econômicos, a partir dos enquadramentos conceituais da democracia, da governança, da regulação, do controle e das capacidades estatais.


Autor: Cleyton Feitosa

A fundamental work for the so-called LGBT Studies, and will help teachers, students and researchers, as well as activists and managers interested in research on Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights. Its differential consists in the deep debate about public policies of human rights aimed at lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transvestites and transsexuals – analyzing a concrete case, notably the LGBT Reference Center of Pernambuco – in articulation with recent theoretical debates about democracy building and the political projects in force in Brazil. 


Autores: Sofia Donoso e Marisa von Bülow

Analyzes the development of the most visible social movements in Chile since 1990.
Contributes to a growing literature on the relationship of social movements with the institutional terrain in the world.
Fills an important research gap in the study of collective action in Chile.


Autors: Rebecca Neaera Abers, Margaret E. Keck

How do institutional arrangements established by law become operational in practice? It takes work for them to develop problem-solving capabilities and win recognition from others-what the authors call “practical authority.” Drawing from a decade-long, multi-site study of efforts to transform freshwater management in Brazil, the authors show how an assortment of protagonists-from state officials to university professors to activists-struggled to breathe life into new institutional designs.


Autor: Debora Rezende de Almeida

What is political representation and what are the criteria that define it as democratic? To answer such questions, this work argues that it is necessary to consider three distinct and interrelated dimensions, namely, who represents, what is represented, and how it is represented.


Autores: Federico M. Rossi e Marisa von Bülow

This book presents an overview of new approaches to the study of social movements emerging out of Latin America, based on original and innovative analyses of the recent changes in collective action across the region. Over the past decade, new repertoires of contention have emerged in parallel to changes in the configuration of actors, in previously established patterns of relationship between social movements and political institutions, and in the shapes of collaborative networks, both domestic and transnational. The authors analyze a broad set of countries and social movements, while focusing on three key theoretical debates: the interactions between routine and contentious politics, the relationship between protest and context, and the organizational configurations of social movements. 


Autora: Marisa von Bülow

Building Transnational Networks tells the story of how a broad group of civil society organizations came together to contest free trade negotiations in the Americas. Based on research in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, the United States, and Canada, it offers a full hemispheric analysis of the creation of civil society networks as they engaged in the politics of trade. The author demonstrates that most effective transnational actors are the ones with strong domestic roots and that ‘southern’ organizations occupy key nodes in trade networks. The fragility of activist networks stems from changes in the domestic political context as well as from characteristics of the organizations, the networks, or the actions they undertake. These findings advance and suggest new understandings of transnational collective action.


Autores: Rebecca Abers

Countless studies of citizen participation in public decisionmaking point out the limitations of direct democracy when it is transported from the realm of political theory into the “real world.” In contrast, this book examines a case where an innovative city government gave major decisionmaking power to ordinary citizens on a large scale—and managed to survive and prosper.

Inventing Local Democracy tells this dramatic story of a group of activists who came to power in a city long dominated by patronage politics and elite rule. At the same time, it is a sociopolitical study of the impact that state-sponsored participatory forums can have on civil society. Examining this dual transformation, Abers provides a groundbreaking contribution to the theory of participatory democracy.