Decentralisation and statebuilding

Abstract: To what extent has building or restoring sub-national administrative and fiscal structures been successful (or otherwise) at strengthening the state-citizen relationship and contributing to state legitimacy? Reform, capacity building, and political will are crucial. Author(s): Haider, Huma; Boone, Catherine Source(s): , Helpdesk research report; [HD658] 17 p Helpdesk research report [HD658] Published: 2010 University…

Assessing land reform approaches to benefit socially and economically disadvantaged (SED) people

Abstract: The impact of land reform on socially and economically disadvantaged (SED) people was examined, using the case of redistributive land reform in Nepal and the case of land consolidation in Vietnam. In both cases, the approach was top-down, without due regard for participation, equality, and support. Author(s): Prasad Bhatta, Ganesh Source(s): , xiii, 116…

Benchmarking housing in South Africa : good practices in municipal housing

Abstract: This publication shares experiences of South African municipalities based on the results of benchmarks on housing and social housing that were conducted from May to November 2010. Good practices and guiding principles are included to assist municipalities in their housing service delivery. Author(s): McCarthy, Malcolm; Lollo, Adrian Di; Kuiper, Stefanie; Essink, Michelle; Meijer, Nienke…

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.…

Governance from below in Bolivia : a theory of local government with two empirical tests

Abstract: This paper explores the underlying economic and social determinants of good and bad municipal performance in two Bolivian municipalities to develop a conceptual framework. Predictions of performance based on local characteristics are then tested using data from other Bolivian municipalities. Author(s): Faguet, Jean-Paul Source(s): , CLAS working paper series; 24 49 p., ill., graphs,…

Local economic development and social economy : special thematic issue

Abstract: In this special issue of Universitas Forum experiences of local social economy from Quebec and Latin America are situated in a post-crisis global environment. They may illustrate an alternative paradigm that embeds economic initiatives in their social, cultural, political and historical contexts. Author(s): Canzanelli, Giancarlo; Mendell, Marguerite Source(s): , Universitas forum : [journal on…

Participatory governance and the Millennium development goals (MDGs)

Abstract: The role of participation is discussed in 5 chapters: participatory governance: an overview; democracy, social inclusion, and development; innovations in participatory local governance; pitfalls of participatory development; strengthening the principle of participation in practice. Author(s): Blair, Harry Source(s): , Economic & social affairs ix, 200 p., ill., graphs, tabs Economic & social affairs Published:…

Africa power & politics

Abstract: Power and Politics in Africa is a five-year programme of research and policy engagement. It brings together research centres and think-tanks in Africa, Europe and the USA. The programme explores political, economic and social arrangements to promote development and poverty alleviation. Author(s): ODI Source(s): , Published: 2008 Overseas development institute (ODI)]. Africa power and…