Democratic Citizenship as Uruguayan cultural heritage

Rodd, Robin (2019) Democratic Citizenship as Uruguayan cultural heritage. Democratic Theory, 6 (1). pp. 27-48.

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Abstract

Amidst a global turn towards authoritarianism and populism, there are few contemporary examples of state-led democratization. This article discusses how Uruguay's Frente Amplio (FA) party has drawn on a unique national democratic cultural heritage to encourage a coupling of participatory and representative institutions in "a politics of closeness." The FA has reinvigorated Batllismo, a discourse associated with social justice, civic republicanism, and the rise of Uruguayan social democracy in the early twentieth century. At the same time, the FA's emphasis on egalitarian participation is inspired by the thought of Uruguay's independence hero José Artigas. I argue that the cross-weave of party and movement, and of democratic citizenship and national heritage, encourages the emergence of new figures of the citizen and new permutations for connecting citizens with representative institutions. The FA's "politics of closeness" is an example of how state-driven democratization remains possible in an age described by some as "post-democratic".

Item ID: 58616
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2332-8908
Keywords: civic republicanism, democratic citizenship, democratization, Frente Amplio, participatory democracy, pink tide, Uruguay
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 00:45
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 70%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160602 Citizenship @ 30%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940201 Civics and Citizenship @ 80%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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