635.7 Environmental networks in state and society: A comparative view of the southern cone

Saturday, August 4, 2012: 12:00 AM
Faculty of Economics, TBA
Distributed Paper
Ricardo GUTIÉRREZ , Escuela de Política y Gobierno, Universidad de San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Marisa VON BÜLOW , Political Science Institute, University of Brasilia, Brasilia - D.F., Brazil
Rebecca ABERS , Political Science Institute, University of Brasilia, Brasilia - D.F., Brazil
This paper is based on a comparative project of state-society relationships with respect to environmental policymaking. It focuses

on the cases of Argentina and Brazil. It shows that in these two countries the relationships between civil society organizations and

state officials have evolved toward different patterns in terms of degree of conflictivity, the strength and types of ties linking civil

society activists and state officials, and the repertoires of contention adopted. A preliminary conclusion is that, in comparison to

the Argentina case, in Brazil networks of collaboration involving activists outside and inside the state have played a more visible

role. This paper presents hypotheses about these differences between the cases, in an effort to better understand their implications for activism and policy-making. It also seeks to contribute to broader theoretical debates about social movements and their relationship with the institutional