The state of Ghana’s local government system : the case of assembly members

Abstract: This paper discusses some of the weaknesses of Ghana’s local government system, in particular the issues affecting the local development operations of Assembly Members. Their many challenges require national civic education and constitutional amendments to address. Author(s): Adusei-Asante, Kwadwo Source(s): , Inkanyiso : journal of humanities and social sciences; Vol. 4, No. 2 p.…

Women in search of citizenship : experiences from West Africa

Abstract: This book provides insights into what gender inclusive citizenship means as a practice, what can be achieved when it is promoted and what role participatory action research can play. It shares the experiences of women in local communities devising ways to exercise their citizenship. Author(s): Imam, Ayesha; Kamminga, Evelien Source(s): , 127 p., ill.,…

Choice, recognition and the democracy effects of decentralization

Abstract: Often large development agencies choose to work with a wide range of other local interlocutors, including deconcentrated agents, private bodies, customary authorities, and NGOs. As a result, fledgling local governments are receiving few public powers and face competition for legitimacy. Author(s): Ribot, Jesse C. Source(s): , Working paper / Swedish International centre for local…

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:…

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.…