Testing democracy : which way is South Africa going?

Abstract: South Africa’s democ¬racy is assessed through Idasa’s Democracy Index, comprising 100 questions that interrogate how closely democracy meets the broadly defined ideal of popular self-government. The main topics are: participation, elections, accountability, political freedom, and human dignity. Author(s): Misra-Dexter, Neeta; February, Judith Source(s): , xxviii, 282 p., ill., graphs, tabs Published: 2010 Idasa, Cape…

Civil society’s claims to political representation in Brazil

Abstract: Civil society is laying claim to political representation in contemporary democracies. Using original data from São Paulo, Brazil, the need for constructing novel notions of representative legitimacy is examined based on electoral, membership, identity, mediation, proximity, and service arguments. Author(s): Houtzager, Peter P.; Gurza Lavalle, Adrian Source(s): , Studies in comparative international development; vol.…

Public administration : local government and decentralization in Ghana : review

Abstract: This paper makes a case for local government elections at district and regional level and recommends constitutional amendments to allow locals to elect their own public officials as an alternative to the current appointment practices by the central government of Ghana. Author(s): Antwi-Boasiako, Kwame Badu Source(s): , Journal of African studies and development; Vol.…

Local government reform in Zimbabwe : a policy dialogue

Abstract: On 3-4 November 2009, a seminar was held on local government policy in Zimbabwe. Subjects included: socio-economic transformation, local government institutions and elections, local government financing, traditional authorities, local government functions and supervision of local government. Author(s): Visser, Jaap De; Steytler, Nico; Machingauta, Naison Source(s): , State, peace and human security studies xv, 151…

Endogenous institution in decentralization : on the definition and domain of peace economics, papers in honor of Walter Isard

Abstract: The author develops a model, in which the positive or negative welfare outcome of decentralization is the result of the interplay among a set of variables including local capture, participation, initial conditions, budget size, and quality of local leader. Author(s): Azis, Iwan J. Source(s): , Peace economics, peace science and public policy; Vol. 16,…

Decentralization, local government elections and voter turnout in Pakistan

Abstract: This paper analyses the impact of electoral mechanisms, the credibility of elections, and voters’ socio-economic characteristics on voter turnout, using survey data from the 2005 local government elections in Pakistan. Author(s): Akramov, Kamiljon T. Source(s): , IFPRI discussion paper; 754 vi, 32 p., ill., graphs, tabs IFPRI discussion paper 754 Published: 2008 International food…

Political articulation and accountability in decentralisation : theory and evidence from India

Abstract: This article develops the concept of political articulation to characterize the relationship between citizens and elected representatives. Accountability in decentralisation cannot be analysed separately from the accountability of higher institutions of representation and governance. Author(s): Chhatre, Ashwini Source(s): , Conservation and society; vol. 6, no. 1 p. 12-23 Conservation and society vol. 6, no.…

Local government international peer review toolkit : a step by step guide to conducting international peer reviews in local government

Abstract: This toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to conduct international peer reviews in local government. It was developed as a pilot CLGF project with the local councils and the local government associations in Zimbabwe, Germany, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland. Author(s): CLGF Source(s): , i, 47 p., ill., tabs Published: 2008 Commonwealth local government forum…

The parents, the patients and the privileged : accountability and elite capture in schools and clinics in Uganda and Tanzania

Abstract: Decentralized public services like primary schools and clinics are increasingly co-managed by committees of parents and villagers. Concerns that the election of management committee members is not democratic are mostly applicable to clinic committees. Author(s): Prinsen, Gerard Source(s): , SNV publications; H0702-09 44 p., ill., graphs, tabs SNV publications H0702-09 Published: 2007 SNV Netherlands…