Democratic Local Governance: Reforms & Innovations in Asia


G. Shabbir Cheema (ed.)

Trends & Innovations in Governance


Tokyo: United Nations University Press

Available From: United Nations University Press
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978-92-808-1232-9 (paper); 978-92-808-7201-9 (electronic)
Binding: paper
Pages: 388


Developing countries have introduced major reforms and new institutional mechanisms to promote the engagement of elected local governments, civil society and the private sector. This book attempts to examine emerging issues in democratic local governance and factors that influenced the impetus for and the substance of reforms. It asks: What have been challenges in designing and implementing decentralization policies and programs? What are the constraints on strengthening citizen participation? What is the impact of reforms to promote gender and rights perspectives in local governance? What is the role of local government in service delivery and access? How effective have the mechanisms for accountability and transparency in local governance been? What are the driving forces influencing democratic local governance reform? This volume attempts to address these questions as it discusses studies from theoretical and comparative perspectives on specific issues as well as myriad cases across Asia, often dealing with country-specific reforms.

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"The authors, a group of experienced academics and policy experts, show where reforms and innovations have been taken but also point to the limits of decentralizing power in ways that secure better service delivery and citizen involvement."

Goran Hyden, Distinguished Professor Emeritus,
Department of Political Science, University of Florida


"This is an excellent book that brings together cutting edge ideas, perspectives and comparative knowledge and practices. It is a 'must-read' reference for policy makers, researchers and practitioners involved and interested in democratisation of local governance in Asia and elsewhere."

John Samuel, Global Advisor--Democratic Governance,
Head of Global Programme on Governance Assessments,
UNDP Oslo Governance Centre


"The book provides up to date and historical context for democratic local governance in Asia as well as conceptual clarification and country case studies. As we have come to expect from Dr. Cheema, the book is essential reading for policy makers, international development practitioners, local officials, academics and citizens."

Robertson Work, Professor, Wagner Graduate School
of Public Service, New York University