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Gestion social
Gestion social is the representation and resolution of citizens' needs or demands before the authorities. Typical actions involve urban services, regularization of land tenure, access to public programs, and resolution of simple legal problems. At first this sounds like constituency service, and when the service is provided by elected representatives, this serves as a good translation. However, gestion is routinely done by community leaders who are affiliated with social movements or political parties (punteros in Argentina, party militants in Mexico). This kind of activity takes place on the margins in most U.S. communities, but is a central political activity in at least several Latin American countries.

Greene Kenneth 11/13/2003