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Decentralized Local Governance In Fragile States: Learning From Iraq

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  • Brinkerhoff, Derick W.
  • Johnson, Ronald W.
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    This article examines the role that local governance plays in creating an effective state and in building constructive state—society relations. Reconstruction efforts in fragile, post-conflict states have focused largely on central government, yet decentralized local authorities offer a number of positive features. Looking at the governance reconstruction experience in Iraq, the analysis explores the extent to which these positive features have characterized Iraqi sub-national government. The article draws lessons for governance reconstruction more generally, addressing decentralization choices, capacity-building, and political factors.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 21505.

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    Date of creation: 2009
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    Publication status: Published in International Review of Administrative Sciences 4.75(2009): pp. 585-607
    Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:21505

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    Keywords: capacity-building; decentralization; good governance; Iraq; post-conflict.;

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