Bootstrapping democracy : transforming local governance and civil society in Brazil

Abstract: [Partial preview] Looking closely at eight cities in Brazil, this book investigates participatory budgeting to ask whether its reforms truly make a difference in deepening democracy and empowering civil society. Author(s): Baiocchi, Gianpaolo; Heller, Patrick; Silva, Marcelo Kunrath Source(s): , xvi, 204 p., ill., tabs, 23 cm Published: 2011 Stanford university press, Stanford, CA…

Resource guide on decentralisation and local government

Abstract: Guidance is provided for designing, implementing and evaluating decentralization reforms and local government practices. Current debates on the impact of decentralization and local government on poverty reduction, service delivery and conflict are presented. Author(s): Scott, Zoë; Alam, Munawwar Source(s): , Commonwealth secretariat local government reform series; 3 v, 211 p., 24 cm Commonwealth secretariat…

From international land deals to local informal agreements : regulations of and local reactions to agricultural investments in Madagascar : draft conference paper

Abstract: This article analyses the dynamics of local politics within the framework of large-scale farmland acquisition projects in Madagascar, using the case of the 1.3 million ha land acquisition by Daewoo for export of palm oil and maize to South Korea. Author(s): Perrine, Burnod Source(s): , 16 p. draft Published: 2011 Erasmus university Rotterdam (EUR).…

Blurring the boundaries : citizen action across states and societies : a summary of findings from a decade of collaborative research on citizen engagement

Abstract: This report argues that the ‘good governance’ agenda is due for a citizen-led upheaval: citizens can in fact galvanize and lead fundamental governance reform themselves. It also suggests how best to formulate context-specific strategies for pursuing a citizen-led development agenda. Author(s): Benequista, Nicholas; Gaventa, John Source(s): , [52] p., ill. Published: 2011 Development research…

Strengthening women’s participation in local governance : lessons and strategies

Abstract: This paper seeks to explore the extent to which existing participatory mechanisms enable active participation by women in municipal processes in South Africa, and possible alternative approaches and models to strengthen this. Author(s): Hicks, Janine Source(s): , Community development journal; vol. 46, Suppl. 1 p. 36-50 Community development journal vol. 46, Suppl. 1 Published:…

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…

An upside down view of governance

Abstract: Central question of this paper is how to increase effective, accountable public authority in poor countries of the global South. Examples and studies from all over the world provide a fresh perspective on governance focusing less on the destination and more on the means of getting there. Author(s): Unsworth, Sue Source(s): , 83 p.…