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Inequality and Deliberative Development: Revisiting Bolivia's Experience with the PRSP


  • Kevin M. Morrison
  • Matthew M. Singer


The deliberative-development approach to policy-making has gained popularity in both academic and policy circles. However, insufficient attention has been paid to the requirements necessary for deliberation to have beneficial effects on policy, some of which are detailed in this article, in particular the need for equality among deliberators. The article examines Bolivia's 2000 National Dialogue and demonstrates the effects of inequality - not between elites and non-elites, but between groups within civil society - on the legitimacy of the outcome. Its findings have important implications for the design of deliberative-development institutions. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Kevin M. Morrison & Matthew M. Singer, 2007. "Inequality and Deliberative Development: Revisiting Bolivia's Experience with the PRSP," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 25(6), pages 721-740, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:25:y:2007:i:6:p:721-740

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    1. Paolo Spada & Raymond Vreeland, 2010. "Participatory Decision Making: A Field Experiment on Manipulating the Votes," EERI Research Paper Series EERI_RP_2010_19, Economics and Econometrics Research Institute (EERI), Brussels.
    2. Iván Darío Hernández & Oscar Sánchez, 2014. "Innovación social abierta en el diseño de una política y estrategia de formalización sostenible: un caso colombiano de gobierno colaborativo," REVISTA FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS ECONÓMICAS, UNIVERSIDAD MILITAR NUEVA GRANADA, vol. 0(2), pages 47-61, December.

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