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Brian Wampler publishes book, “Democracy at Work”

Brian Wampler, a professor with the School of Public Service, published the book “Democracy at Work: Pathways to Well-Being in Brazil.” The book was co-authored with Natasha Sugiyama and Michael Touchton. It was published by Cambridge University Press.

Here is a description of the book: One of the greatest challenges in the twenty-first century is to address large, deep and historic deficits in human development. “Democracy at Work” explores a crucial question: how does democracy, with all of its messy, contested and time-consuming features, advance well-being and improve citizens’ lives? The authors argue that differences in the local robustness of three democratic pathways – participatory institutions, rights-based social programs and inclusive state capacity – best explain the variation in how democratic governments improve well-being.

Using novel data from Brazil and innovative analytic techniques, the authors show that participatory institutions permit citizens to express voice and exercise vote, inclusive social programs promote citizenship rights and access to public resources, and more capable local states use public resources according to democratic principles of rights protections and equal access. The analysis uncovers how democracy works to advance capabilities related to poverty, health, women’s empowerment and education.