Democracia em ação: Indo além das eleições para melhorar o bem-estar¹

Translated title of the contribution: Democracy ar work: Moving beyond elections to improve well-being

Michael Touchton, Natasha Borges Sugiyama, Brian Wampler

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How does democracy work to improve well-being? In this paper, we disentangle the component parts of democratic practice—elections, civic participation, expansion of social provisioning, local administrative capacity—to identify their relationship with well-being. Our analysis of an original dataset covering over 5,550 Brazilian municipalities demonstrates that competitive elections alone do not explain variation in infant mortality rates, one outcome associated with wellbeing. We move beyond elections to show how participatory institutions, social programs, and local state capacity can interact to buttress one another and reduce infant mortality rates. The result is a new understanding of how different aspects of democracy work together to improve a key feature of human development.

Translated title of the contributionDemocracy ar work: Moving beyond elections to improve well-being
Original languagePortuguese
Article numbere020006
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalCaderno CRH
StatePublished - 2020


  • Brazil
  • Democracy
  • Participation
  • Social programs
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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