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Democracy and health: accountability as legitimating of representation in the Municipal Health Council of Vitoria (ES)

Participation in management councils occurs by representation, but differently from that exerted in parliaments. Through the building of representatives and represented Collective Subject Discourse, we analyze the representation of civil society in the Municipal Health Council of Vitoria from the accountability of representatives. Despite some speeches demonstrating a distancing between both, others indicate close proximity, which reveals a certain legitimacy of participatory activity in these instances. It is necessary to deepen the debate to expand the possibilities of a better understanding of the representation in participatory instances.

Social participation; Democracy; Health councils

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