Representation, citizenship and the public domain in democratic decentralization

Jesse C. Ribot

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Jesse C. Ribot analyzes how 'democratic' decentralization reforms in most developing countries, rather than empowering representative elected local government, have often resulted in a transfer of power to a wide range of local institutions, including private bodies, customary authorities and non-governmental organizations. This essay explores the logic behind choosing these institutions and the effects of recognizing these institutions on three dimensions of democracy: representation, citizenship and the public domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development

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