Political science professor Brian Wampler’s latest book took him and his family more than 6,000 miles to witness participatory democracy in action.
A Fulbright Scholar in 2009 and 2010, Wampler spent time in Belo Horizonte, the sixth largest city in Brazil. For the next year he studied how Brazil’s new constitution in 1988 changed life in the country. For the last two and a half decades Brazil has included citizen councils in nearly all of the country’s public policy decisions. But a major change in government policy doesn’t happen overnight and some municipalities have been more apt to change than others.