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The politics of 'participation' : civil society, the state and development assistance

Putzel, James (2004) The politics of 'participation' : civil society, the state and development assistance. Crisis States Research Centre discussion papers (1). Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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The starting point for this paper are some of the key texts relating to the question of promoting ‘pro-poor’ political participation and organisation, which were written or circulated within the British government’s Department for International Development (DFID) in preparation for a retreat organised to discuss the issue in October 2002. I incorporate into this some of the concerns I believe we are addressing within the Crisis States Programme. In this paper I demonstrate how paying attention to politics challenges some of the assumptions within programmes pursued by donors involved in the promotion of ‘good governance’ and economic reform. The argument is structured around four issues: (1) the question of ‘participation’; (2) understanding ‘civil society’ and the state; (3) the role of what I think we can usefully call ‘political society’ and ‘political parties’; and (4) governance and economic reforms that may undermine political organisation.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2004 James Putzel
Divisions: Asia Centre
International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 22:59

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