Democracy, Participatory Politics and Development: Some Comparative Lessons from Brazil, India and South Africa

  title={Democracy, Participatory Politics and Development: Some Comparative Lessons from Brazil, India and South Africa},
  author={Patrick Heller},
  • P. Heller
  • Published 10 September 2012
  • Political Science
  • Polity
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