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Decentralisation in Africa: a pathway out of poverty and conflict?


Crawford, Gordon; Hartmann, Christof (ed.)

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Abstract Grounded in empirically-based country case studies, this new study provides a sober assessment of what decentralisation can achieve. The current momentum for decentralisation of government in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world is unparalleled, but are the benefits claimed by its advocates being realised? Focusing on two claims in particular, this book questions whether decentralisation does offer a significant pathway out of poverty and conflict in Africa. Issues of poverty reduction are addressed in Uganda, Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania, while those of conflict management are explored in Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda.
Keywords Africa; decentralization; political power; structure; governance; developing country; combating poverty; conflict management; Uganda; Ghana; Malawi; Tanzania; Mauritius; Namibia; Republic of South Africa; Rwanda
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Publisher Amsterdam Univ. Press
City Amsterdam
Page/Pages 260 p.
ISBN 978-90-5356-934-4
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works