chapter  7
21 Pages

Longevity in Participatory Governance Institutions:

BySão Paulo’s Municipal Housing Council at 10

In the previous chapter I fi nd that the commitment of civil society and government offi cials is important for determining how participatory governance institutions function and the outcomes they produce. Not only does commitment shape the policy process, but it also has an effect on the distribution of resources and the direction of social housing programs. This fi nding leads me to question how commitment shapes participatory governance institutions in the long term. Does commitment change over time, and if so, what are the factors that lead to these shifts? And, further, how do shifts in commitment change the potential for longevity and impact of participatory governance institutions?