Good Governance Begins with the Individual

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German political foundation, thinks decentralization alone does not lead to more democracy, but it can promote the democratization process. In the report “Good Governance Begins with the Individual” (2012), KAS impressively demonstrates examples of individual projects which have been very successful in different countries. KAS mentioned that, in spite of…

LogoLink: Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation and Local Governance

LogoLink, the Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation and Local Governance, is a global network of practitioners from civil society organizations, research institutions and governments created to stimulate and support civil society organizations and networks that engage in citizen participation and social control of public policies at the local level. In the 1990’s, regional and international…

The land governance assessment framework : identifying and monitoring good practice in the land sector

Abstract: The framework (LGAF) provides guidance to diagnose and benchmark land governance. If land institutions function properly, land taxation provides a simple yet efficient tool to increase effective decentralization and to foster local government accountability. Author(s): Deininger, Klaus W.; Selod, Harris; Burns, Anthony F. Source(s): , Agriculture and rural development xvi, 147 p., ill., tabs…

Decentralization and deforestation : the moderating role of polycentric governance

Abstract: Cases from Peru and Bolivia show that decentralization has an ambiguous effect on forest cover change. However, polycentric governance, which is equally common in decentralized and centralized regimes, has a stronger, positive effect on forest conservation in decentralized settings. Author(s): Wright, Glenn D. Source(s): , 35 p., ill., graphs, tabs draft Published: 2012 International…

More than you can handle : decentralization and spending ability of Peruvian municipalities

Abstract: The importance of factors known to affect the success of decentralization are examined, using the case of Peru. The main factor in spending ability was the adequacy of the budget with respect to local capacity, which confirms the need for both gradual decentralization and capacity building. Author(s): Loayza, Norman V.; Rigolini, Jamele; Calvo-González, Oscar…

Decentralization against parties? : the effects of decentralization on political parties in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru

Abstract: The alleged negative effect of decentralization reforms on national political parties was studied in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. The effect was found to go both ways. Deeper causes, and not just institutions, are most relevant to the emergence or decline of political parties. Authors: Dargent, Eduardo (University of Texas at Austin) & Vegara, Alberto…