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Rural Democratization in Mexico’s Deep South: Grassroots Right-to-Know Campaigns in Guerrero

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  • Fox, Jonathan A
  • García Jiménez, Carlos
  • Haight, Libby

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In Mexico’s southern state of Guerrero, rural social and civic movements are increasingly claiming their right to information as a tool to hold the state publicly accountable, as part of their ongoing issue-speciï¬ c social, economic, and civic struggles. This study reviews the historical, social and political landscape that grounds campaigns for rural democratisation in Guerrero, including Mexico’s recent information access reforms and then compares two different regional social movements that have claimed the ‘right to know’. For some movements, the demand for information rights is part of a sustained strategy, for others it is a tactic, but the claim bridges both more resistance-oriented and more negotiation- oriented social and civic movements.

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  • Fox, Jonathan A & García Jiménez, Carlos & Haight, Libby, 2009. "Rural Democratization in Mexico’s Deep South: Grassroots Right-to-Know Campaigns in Guerrero," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt3nv6s088, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdl:glinre:qt3nv6s088
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    1. Fox, Jonathan A, 2007. "Rural Democratization and Decentralization at the State/Society Interface: What Counts as ‘Local’ Government in the Mexican Countryside?," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt68d6b2bh, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
    2. Fox, Jonathan A, 2007. "The uncertain relationship between transparency and accountability," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt8c25c3z4, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
    3. Fox, Jonathan A, 1990. "The Challenge of Rural Democratization: Perspectives From Latin America and the Philippines," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt8p92h4c8, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
    4. Fox, Jonathan A, 2006. "Lessons from Action-Research Partnerships: LASA/Oxfam America 2004 Martin Diskin Memorial Lecture," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt65c0g8kw, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
    5. Fox, Jonathan A, 1995. "Governance and Development in Rural Mexico: State Intervention and Public Accountability," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt5x30d611, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
    6. Fox, Jonathan A, 1994. "The Difficult Transition from Clientelism to Citizenship: Lessons from Mexico," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt4n4746hk, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
    7. Fox, Jonathan A & Gordillo, Gustavo, 1989. ""Between State and Market: The Campesinos' Quest for Autonomy in Rural Mexico," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt0vw6g3sr, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.
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    1. Durán, E. & Bray, D.B. & Velázquez, A. & Larrazábal, A., 2011. "Multi-Scale Forest Governance, Deforestation, and Violence in Two Regions of Guerrero, Mexico," World Development, Elsevier, pages 611-619.
    2. Fox, Jonathan A & Haight, Libby, 2011. "Transparency Reforms: Theory and Practice," Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, Working Paper Series qt50q0m31z, Center for Global, International and Regional Studies, UC Santa Cruz.

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