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Supporting Post-conflict Democratic Development? External Promotion of Participatory Budgeting in El Salvador

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Summary The following pages provide, first, a rare examination of the external promotion of participatory budgeting (PB), in this case through US-financed local government development projects in post-war El Salvador from 1994 to 2005. Second, I examine the success of the PB activity by investigating the degree to which PB has been sustained nearly five years after its initial utilization. I compare this case of external PB promotion against endogenously developed Latin American PB experience. External practitioners face the same constraints as those advocating home-grown efforts. PB's sustainability and benefits are circumscribed, I find, yet such gains are nonetheless important.

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  • Bland, Gary, 2011. "Supporting Post-conflict Democratic Development? External Promotion of Participatory Budgeting in El Salvador," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 39(5), pages 863-873, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:wdevel:v:39:y:2011:i:5:p:863-873
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    1. Heller, Patrick & Harilal, K.N. & Chaudhuri, Shubham, 2007. "Building Local Democracy: Evaluating the Impact of Decentralization in Kerala, India," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 35(4), pages 626-648, April.
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    1. Mccourt, Willy, 2012. "Can Top-Down and Bottom-Up be Reconciled? Electoral Competition and Service Delivery in Malaysia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(11), pages 2329-2341.
    2. Sheely, Ryan, 2015. "Mobilization, Participatory Planning Institutions, and Elite Capture: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Rural Kenya," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 67(C), pages 251-266.
    3. McCourt, Willy, 2013. "Models of public service reform : a problem-solving approach," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6428, The World Bank.
    4. Speer, Johanna, 2012. "Participatory Governance Reform: A Good Strategy for Increasing Government Responsiveness and Improving Public Services?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(12), pages 2379-2398.

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