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Building Local Democracy through Natural Resource Interventions: An Environmentalists Responsibility

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dc.contributor.author Ribot, Jesse C. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:16:37Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:16:37Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-11-21 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-11-21 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4396
dc.description.abstract "In practice, everything but democratic decentralization has taken place in the name of 'democratic decentralization' reforms: privatization, administrative deconcentration, NGOization, selective civil society inclusion, participatory processes, co-management, and committee-based project implementation. "The interventions being chosen by environmental policy makers or projects in the local arena are not empowering 'democratic' local partners. They do not support local democracy because they usually lack the two key elements of effective democratic decentralization: downward accountability and significant discretionary power. "While many interventions increase local participation in natural resource decisions, they may do so in non-sustainable ways or in ways that hinder the institutionalization of local democracy within local government. We still have a lot to learn about the best ways for governments, donors, and large NGOs to support local institutions to foster the emergence and consolidation of local democracy, and the research for this brief yields a number of important initial recommendations. "The brief includes detailed case studies of Benin, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Malawi and Senegal." en_US
dc.subject environmental policy en_US
dc.subject natural resources en_US
dc.subject democratization en_US
dc.subject governance and politics en_US
dc.subject citizenship en_US
dc.subject institutional design en_US
dc.title Building Local Democracy through Natural Resource Interventions: An Environmentalists Responsibility en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries World Resources Institute, Washington, DC en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.region East Asia en_US
dc.coverage.region Africa en_US
dc.coverage.region South America en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US


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