A partnership between Cities Alliance and the Ministry of Cities, this publication is a collection of essays analysing Brazil’s City Statute, a unique and groundbreaking legal instrument that seeks to overcome urban inequality. It describes the content and process of elaboration of the Statute, as well as the political, social and economic background against which the relevant legislation was formulated and is now being implemented.

The City Statute of Brazil: A Commentary is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


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  -  Cover and Acknowledgements

  -  Foreword and Table of Contents

  -  The Statute of the Peripheral City (Ermínia Maricato)

  -  Popular movements and the City Statute (Evaniza Rodrigues and Benedito Roberto Barbosa)

  -  The City of Diadema and the City Statute (Mário Reali and Sérgio Alli)

  -  The City Statute and the Legal-Urban Order (Edesio Fernandes)

  -  City Statute: Building a Law (José Roberto Bassul)

  -  Commentary on the City Statute (Ana Maria Furbino Bretas Barros, Celso Santos Carvalho and Daniel Todtmann Montandon)

  -  Authors

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