There is a major contradiction in contemporary politics: there has been a wave of democratization that has swept across much of the world, while at the same time globalization appears to have reduced the social forces that have built democracy historically. This book, by an international group of authors, analyzes the ways in which local politics in developing countries - often neglected in work on democratization - render democratic experiments more or less successful in realizing substantial democracy.
About the Author
BJÖRN BECKMAN is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Stocholm, Sweden HENK SCHULTE NORDHOLT is Professor of Asian History, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands SOPHIE OLDFIELD is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Cape Town, South Africa JOEL ROCAMORA is Fellow of the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Director of the Philippine Institute for Popular Democracy, Philippines GÜNTHER SCHÖNLEITNER is a PhD candidate and Lord Dahrendorf Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Development Studies Institute, UK JOHN T.SIDEL is Reader in South East Asian Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK P.K. MICHAEL THARAKAN is associated with the Centre for Socio-Economic and Environmental Studies in Cochin, India.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: The New Local Politics of Democratisation; J.Harriss, K.Stokke & O.Törnquist Decentralisation in Indonesia: Less State, More Democracy?; H.S.Nordholt Bossism and Democracy in the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia: Towards an Alternative Framework for the Study of 'Local Strongmen'; J.T.Sidel Can Public Deliberation Democratise State Action? Municipal Health Councils and Local Democracy in Brazil; G.Schönleitner Historical Hurdles in the Course of the People's Planning Campaign in Kerala, India; P.K.M.Tharakan Social Movements, Socio-Economic Rights and Substantial Democratisation in South Africa; K.Stokke & S.Oldfield More Than Difficult, Short of Impossible: Party Building and Local Governance in the Philippines; J.Rocamora Trade Unions, Institutional Reform and Democracy: Nigerian Experiences with South African and Ugandan Comparisons; B.Beckman The Political Deficit of Substantial Democratisation; O.Törnquist