Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective: Africa, Asia, and Latin America (Woodrow Wilson Center Press)

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Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective studies the relation of decentralization to democratization at both intermediate and local levels and analyzes how decentralization is transforming the relationship between the state and civil society. This book presents case studies from six countries in three continents in which decentralization of some parts of government has been attempted: Mexico, Chile, South Africa, Kenya, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

The work surveys a range of issues in decentralization: which actors in each country have been most responsible for initiating and sustaining decentralization; how much decentralization to regional and local authorities has transformed the state; and whether stronger local governments produce greater accountability to citizens. The final chapter by Tulchin and Selee draws conclusions on these issues based on the case studies, while the introduction by Philip Oxhorn lays a theoretical foundation for understanding the relationship between decentralization and democracy.

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This is a first-rate book. It consists of well-researched and well-written case studies that contain plenty of useful new information. The comparative sections of the text are quite solid and enlightening.

(James Manor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex)

This volume examines the effects of decentralization on citizen-state relationships in the developing world.

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It deserves to be read and pondered.

(Garth N. Jones Journal of Third World Studies)

Provides important insights... will be of much interest to South Asian policy-makers and academics in the area of public administration.

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