Expert advocacy for the marginalised : how and why democratic mediation matters to deepening democracy in the global South

Abstract: Different kinds of democratic mediation are reviewed: mediation as professional advocacy; mediation as representational entrepreneurship; and, mediation as citizenship development. In the last case, the empowerment of communities typically has a mostly positive impact on local governance. Author(s): Piper, Laurence; Von Lieres, Bettina Source(s): , IDS working paper; 364 41 p., ill., tab, 30…

Grounding the state : poverty, inequality and the politics of governance in India’s Panchayats

Abstract: This report shows that although the Government of Andhra Pradesh has not devolved power to the same extent, its populist approach to certain forms of poverty reduction has empowered the poor in ways that the more ambitious decentralization agenda in Madhya Pradesh has not. Author(s): Johnson, Craig; Deshingkar, Priya; Start, Daniel Source(s): , Working…