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Community-level bureaucrats conserving the Peruvian Amazon

Biffi Isla, Valeria (2022) Community-level bureaucrats conserving the Peruvian Amazon. Public Administration and Development, 42 (1). 44 - 54. ISSN 0271-2075

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Identification Number: 10.1002/pad.1958


This paper explores to what extend Lipsky's street-level bureaucrat (SLB) model fits forest-level bureaucrats implementing environmental policy. Based on the research of a state-led payment for an ecosystem services scheme in the Peruvian Amazon, the common features of SLBs – discretion, distance from power, and closeness to public policy users – are key analytical tools to understand the work of SLBs in rural contexts, where the presence of the state is usually precarious. Results suggest that, for this case study, SLBs use their discretion to reshape formal regulation and procedures and even relegate the accomplishment of environmental activities to cope with the burden of bureaucracy and accountability reporting. The political but also geographical distance from the center of power is fundamental for SLBs to use their discretion. However, applying the SLB model to the margins also requires paying attention to alternative elements. SLBs are better understood as brokers rather than gatekeepers since they assume responsibilities to close the bureaucratic and administrative gaps between the state as provider of public services and the real capacities of indigenous peoples as policy users. It also demands paying better attention to the role of public accountability and the effect they produce on bureaucratizing the communities where they work.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: Valeria Biffi Isla was supported by the National Fund for Scientific, Technological Development and Technological Innovation (FONDECYT), the funding branch of the National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC) Peru (Grant contract number N 230‐2015‐FONDECYT). © 2021 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: J Political Science > JL Political institutions (America except United States)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
Date Deposited: 03 May 2024 23:19
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2024 17:30

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