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Colección: La Educación
Número: (129-131) I,III
Año: 1998


There is a “new” interest in community participation at the global level. Participation has always had moral and political legitimacy, as it signifies the basic ideology of democracy, but now it has legitimacy in macro-economics and management, as well. It offers better results than the more traditional vertical-formal or paternalistic methods. Participation, an important organizational tool and an end in itself, may offer significant contributions to Latin America in various social problems, as it is a region of such high inequality. “Discussions” have not turned into actions, however, because of a strong resistance to participation. This article proposes and substantiates six unconventional theses on the topic. First it shows, with figures, how participation demonstrates greater efficiency. Secondly, it identifies its comparative advantages. Third, it explains its importance in the new management paradigm. Fourth, it clears up the causes of the resistance and the interests that participation affects. Fifth, it suggests concrete policies to overcome this resistance. Finally, it points out how participation is a part of human nature and constitutes a basic human right.