Political organization in multi-level settings : Mexican and Latin American parties and party systems after decentralization

Abstract: Evidence from Mexico is used to demonstrate that decentralization more resources available locally, thus reshaping the context within which parties organize.The central contention is that a high level of decentralization can undermine the formation of nationalized party systems and cohesive parties. Author(s): Harbers, Imke Source(s): , xiv, 241 p., ill., graphs, maps, tabs Published:…

Defining political community and rights to natural resources in Botswana

Abstract: In Botswana, the entangling of natural resource policy with identity politics contributed to a partial recentralization of CBNRM. Decentralization has been associated with democratization in that decentralized natural resource management is virtually equated with empowerment of local resource users. Author(s): Poteete, Amy R. Source(s): Development and change; 40(2009)2, p. 281-305 Development and change 40(2009)2…

Are practices of local participation sidelining the institutional participatory channels? : reflections from Johannesburg

Abstract: This case from South Africa shows that, in spite of the participation and decentralization rhetoric, there is no real power vested by the state at the local level. Participation is in practice considered a nuisance. It is simply not incorporated in policy-making nor in its implementation. Author(s): Bénit-Gbaffou, Claire Source(s): , Transformation; 66/67 33…

Participatory governance for efficiency and equity : an overview of issues and evidence : a background paper

Abstract: The efficiency and equity effects of participatory decentralization are examined. Three gaps that need to be bridged for effective participation are identified: the capacity gap, the incentive gap, and the power gap. This requires both social action and institution building. Author(s): Osmani, S.R. Source(s): , World public sector report; 2007 41 p World public…

Making decentralization accountable : a framework for analysis and empirical studies from south Asia and west Africa : paper submitted to Comparative politics

Abstract: A framework for examining the degree to which decentralizations are being carried out is described. Most decentralization efforts end up without increasing much the powers of local authorities or peoples. Since 1917, francophone West Africa has seen at least four distinct waves. Author(s): Agrawal, Arun; Ribot, Jesse C. Source(s): , 66 p. Published: 2000…

From centralized to decentralized governance

Abstract: It is argued that decentralization should be based on a coherent, explicit, and stable set of rules. These rules need to encompass: the division of political power; the functions of subnational governments; and the electoral rules and political institutions for local politics. Author(s): Dillinger, William; Fay, Marianne Source(s): F & D : finance and…

Popular participation in Bolivia : does the law participación popular secure participation of the rural Bolivian population?

Abstract: The Bolivian law on popular participation of 1995 gave only mixed results in the first 5 years. The power-holding structures at the local level still are occupied by the political parties. Author(s): Andersson, Vibeke Source(s): , CDR working paper; 99.6 18 p., 30 cm CDR working paper 99.6 Published: 1999 Centre for development studies,…