My mixed-methods research examines relationships between civil society, democratic politics, development, and inequality in the three most populous, developing world democracies: Brazil, India, and Indonesia.
Politics of Civil Society, Development & Inequality in Brazil
My book, Movement-Driven Development: The Politics of Health and Democracy in Brazil, is forthcoming with Stanford University Press. It can be purchased here. The book offers a mixed-methods analysis of civil society's influence on public health-related development outcomes throughout urban Brazil in recent decades. Using comparative-historical, fuzzy-set, and regression analysis, it examines how a social movement of public health activists (sanitaristas) known as the Sanitary Movement (Movimento Sanitário) transformed the constitutional right to health into improved social development outcomes during the last three decades years. I look especially at the roles that sanitaristas and an ideologically wide spectrum of political parties played in building the local state structures required to broadly deliver basic public health and sanitation services in the country's largest and most unequal cities. This project draws on over two years of fieldwork in Brazil.
Several sole-authored articles from this project - including work in Social Forces
(forthcoming), Sociology of Development (forthcoming), and Latin American Perspectives (2016) - explore related themes.
With a recently-awarded, $303,322 Insight Grant from Canada’s Social Science & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) tenable through 2020, I have begun work on a new, mixed methods project called State Development Projects and Social Inequality in Urban Brazil. The project examines relationships between state development projects, local politics, and changing social inequalities in urban Brazil during the last 15 years. In particular, it explores the conditions under which local politics can mediate global and national development processes in ways that weaken, rather than exacerbate social inequalities.
Direct Democracy, Gender & Social Development