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About Jenny Pearce

Jenny Pearce is Professor of Latin American Politics and Director of the International Centre for Participation Studies in the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford. She is a specialist in issues of violence, conflict, social change and social agency in Latin America and has published widely on these themes. More recently she has also worked on problems of participation and conflict in the north of England.

Articles by Jenny Pearce

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Bradford’s Community University: co-producing knowledge for a change

This is a year-long experiment in knowledge exchange and co-production, aimed at exploring what emerges when academics and community participants try to learn from each other.

The end of authority

The discussion that follows will highlight the distinction between power and authority, and how power which privileges cooperation rather than domination might generate new forms of authority commensurable to a society that must work together.

Colombia: who are the enemies of peace and democracy?

The title of this article is chosen to provoke serious reflection rather than divisive polemic. This is the most difficult of tasks in a Colombian context, where both local media coverage and international opinion are almost as polarised as Colombian society itself.

The crisis of Colombia's state

The editor-in-chief of the Colombian weekly, Semana, is driven around in an armoured car with several bodyguards. Semana is a key source of some extraordinary political revelations over the last few months in a country with extraordinary politics.

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