Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective: Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Decentralization, Democratic Governance, and Civil Society in Comparative Perspective: Africa, Asia, and Latin America

by Philip Oxhorn, Joseph S. Tulchin, Andrew D. Selee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801879191

ISBN-13: 9780801879197

Pub. Date: 06/24/2004

Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801879197
Publisher:
Woodrow Wilson Center Press
Publication date:
06/24/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
1Unraveling the puzzle of decentralization3
Pt. ILatin America
2Twenty years of decentralization in Mexico : a top-down process33
3Decentralization and civil society in Mexico59
4State decentralization and regional actors in Chile82
5Local governance and democratization : the view from the Chilean border119
Pt. IIAfrica
6South Africa's double reform : decentralization and the transition from apartheid141
7Kenya's decentralization through the devolution of power : advances and limits190
Pt. IIIAsia
8The Philippines : decentralization, local governments, and citizen action211
9Decentralization and regional autonomy in Indonesia266
10Decentralization and democratic governance : lessons and challenges295

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