Elite capture of local participatory governance

Waheduzzaman, W, As-Saber, S and Hamid, M 2018, 'Elite capture of local participatory governance', Policy and Politics: An International Journal, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 645-662.

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Title Elite capture of local participatory governance
Author(s) Waheduzzaman, W
As-Saber, S
Hamid, M
Year 2018
Journal name Policy and Politics: An International Journal
Volume number 46
Issue number 4
Start page 645
End page 662
Total pages 18
Publisher Policy Press
Abstract Elite capture is a major barrier to citizen engagement in local governance processes in many developing countries. Data from six case studies of development initiatives in Bangladesh show that, in spite of attempts by aid donors and others to ensure citizen participation, programmes are dominated by a nexus of local elites including MPs and bureaucrats. Local stakeholders do not understand the value that direct citizen participation can bring, and citizens are unaware of their rights and wary of challenging elites. Monitoring of requirements for citizen participation is weak, and the management of some programmes deters participation. Representatives are sometimes selected by elites and legal frameworks are not sufficiently strong or enforced consistently. We conclude that a range of additional and effectively implemented policy measures are required to reduce the extent and effects of elite capture in developing countries.
Subject Comparative Government and Politics
Keyword(s) Bangladesh
Citizen engagement
Development programmes
Local government
Non-government organisation (NGO)
DOI - identifier 10.1332/030557318X15296526896531
ISSN 0305-5736
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