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Decentralized Local Governance In Fragile States: Learning From Iraq

Brinkerhoff, Derick W. and Johnson, Ronald W. (2009): Decentralized Local Governance In Fragile States: Learning From Iraq. Published in: International Review of Administrative Sciences , Vol. 75, No. 4 (2009): pp. 585-607.

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Abstract

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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