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Description - Participation by Samuel Hickey

Participation is a popular approach to project implementation, policy-making and governance in both developing and developed countries. Recently, however, it has become fashionable to dismiss participation as more rhetoric than substance, and subject to manipulation by those intent on pursuing their own agendas under cover of community consent. This books seeks to rebut this simplistic conclusion. It describes and analyses new experiments in participation from a wide range of situations that show how, far from being a redundant and depoliticizing concept, participation can be linked to genuinely transformative processes and outcomes - provided that a political and not a technocratic approach is taken. It examines the recent convergence between participatory development and participatory governance, and the role of all the main actors - the state, civil society and donor agencies. It takes contemporary advances in development theory into account and proposes theoretical and practical ways forward.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842774618
ISBN-10: 1842774611
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Samuel Hickey

Samuel Hickey is a lecturer in social development at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester. Giles Mohan is a lecturer in development studies at the Open University. He is the co-author of Structural Adjustment: Theory, Practice and Impacts (Routledge, 2000) and Power, Space and Development (Sage, 2003). The contributors are scholars and practitioners in development and social policy.

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