This edited volume brings together six urban case studies (three in the UK and three in Latin America) that together try to ‘‘draw out the potentialities, record the transforming moments as well as recognise the limitations of new participation spaces’’ (p. 252). While it is not a comparative study, the volume claims to ‘‘offer insight into the conditions which make participation feasible, self-generating, meaningful and progressive and which do not’’ (p. 253). This book is the product of a two-year research project entitled ‘‘Municipal Innovations in Non-Governmental Public Participation UK/Latin America’’, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Science Research Council.

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Bergh, S.I. (2010). Bookreview on: Jenny Pearce (ed.): Participation and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century City. Voluntas: international journal of voluntary and non-profit organizations, 21, 1–2. doi:10.1007/s11266-010-9168-y