‘Up close and personal’ - How does local democracy help the poor access the state? Stories of accountability and clientelism in Johannesburg

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dc.contributor.author Benit Gbaffou, Claire
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-26T10:30:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-26T10:30:14Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Benit Gbaffou,Claire. 2011. ‘Up close and personal’ - How does local democracy help the poor access the state? Stories of accountability and clientelism in Johannesburg. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 46(5), pp. 453-465. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/12149
dc.description.abstract The paper revisits participation and decentralization in relation to local clientelism, arguing that they share the personalization of links between residents and the State and the local possibility to adapt state policies. The line between decentralization-participation on the one hand, and clientelism on the other, is therefore easily blurred. The paper thus argues that clientelism is not per se anti-democratic, some forms allow for local and immediate accountability of politicians. However, in most cases, it contributes to fragment or sedate local organizations or social movements and it prevents contestation of existing policies and dominant power structures. The paper thus challenges the idea that the promotion of decentralization and participatory institutions intrinsically leads to more democratic forms of government. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Journal of Asian and African Studies en_ZA
dc.subject clientelism, decentralization, participation, accountability, Johannesburg, South Africa. en_ZA
dc.title ‘Up close and personal’ - How does local democracy help the poor access the state? Stories of accountability and clientelism in Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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