2.43 - Low-Intensity Insurgent Governance in the Global South: a decolonial alternative to post-democracy

Project Description

The scope of this thesis is to investigate the impact of the rebellious principles of Zapatista autonomy on the creation of the "Network of Resistance Building (Rede Construindo Resistências)" and how these principles are manifested in planning as a response to the post-democratic trend. To achieve this, the following specific objectives will be addressed:

  1. Understanding how the strategies of the post-democratic Mexican state's depoliticization may have led to the creation of the network under analysis.
  2. Identifying how Zapatista autonomy principles are reflected in the practices of the insurgent governance network.
  3. Presenting the results of the insurgent governance related to territory planning.

The methodology employed is highly phenomenological and includes a systematic review of articles published between 2010 and 2019 on governance and post-democracy/post-politics.

This thesis presents a valuable set of contributions to the field of governance and decolonial analysis and may be useful for professionals and academics interested in promoting alternative forms of democratic and fair governance. Additionally, the research results may be useful for groups of activists and communities seeking alternatives to neoliberal post-democracy and colonialism.

Keywords: governance, post-democracy, Zapatista autonomy, decolonial theory and practice.

Research team
  • Cintya Dantas Flores
  • Paulo Conceição (supervisor)
Financial Support
Time Frame
  • Concluded in 2023