Land rights and the rush for land : findings of the Global commercial pressures on land research project

Abstract: The characteristics, drivers and impacts and trends of rapidly increasing commercial pressures on land are examined. One of the conclusions is that the poor are bearing disproportionate costs, but reaping few benefits, because of poor governance. Author(s): Anseeuw, Ward; Bending, Tim; Wilson, David; Domenico, Aldo Di Source(s): , viii, 72 p., ill., graphs, maps…

How does social capital enhancing institutional design foster political decentralization? : a comparative study between Bangladesh and West Bengal

Abstract: The comparative constraints and facilitating factors in the cases of decentralization in West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh are explored. The paper identifies how social capital enhancing or exploiting institutional design shapes the power relations and participation. Author(s): Islam, Mohammad Shaiful Source(s): , iii, 50 p., ill., tabs Published: 2010 Central European university, Budapest [etc.]…

Does fiscal decentralization strengthen social capital? : cross-country evidence and the experiences of Brazil and Indonesia

Abstract: This paper tests the hypothesis that, by giving people more voice in decision-making, fiscal decentralization fosters social capital, measured in terms of interpersonal trust. In Brazil, and slightly less so in Indonesia, exposed cohorts were found to be more pro-voice and trustful of strangers. Author(s): De Mello, Luiz Source(s): , International studies program :…