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Indigenous Peoples, Representation and Citizenship in Guatemalan Forestry

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dc.contributor.author Larson, Anne en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:16:12Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:16:12Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-12-06 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-12-06 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4365
dc.description.abstract "Forestry decision-making is still largely centralized in Guatemala. Nevertheless, elected municipal governments can now play a key role in local forest management. These local governments, with some exceptions, are the principal local institutions empowered to participate in natural resource authority. Some theorists argue that such elected local authorities are the most likely to be representative and downwardly accountable. But, do these political institutions have the ability to represent the interests of minority and historically excluded or oppressed groups? Latin American indigenous movements are fighting for new conceptions of democracy and practices of representation that recognize collective rights and respect for customary law and authority. How does this approach compare with elected local government? This paper compares how elected municipal governments versus traditional indigenous authorities represent the interests of indigenous communities in forest management. It traces the historical context of relations between indigenous people and the state in the region, and then presents the findings from case studies in two Guatemalan municipalities. The paper finds that both authorities have some strengths as well as important weaknesses, thus supporting arguments for the conscious reinvention of both liberal democracy and tradition in the interest of inclusive citizenship." en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Representation, Equity and Environement Working Paper: WP #27 en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject forestry en_US
dc.subject decision making en_US
dc.subject forest management en_US
dc.title Indigenous Peoples, Representation and Citizenship in Guatemalan Forestry en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries World Resources Institute, DC, USA en_US
dc.coverage.region Central America & Caribbean en_US
dc.coverage.country Guatemala en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.submitter.email aurasova@indiana.edu en_US

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