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Challenges to decentralisation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: beyond the political settlement
Gaynor, Niamh
Decentralisation is increasingly seen as an important part of conflict resolution and peacebuilding strategies within fragile states where increased public accountability and participation help reduce horizontal inequalities and address local grievances. This view assumes a strong political element to decentralisation however. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Kinshasa and in Bas-Congo, this article highlights three key sets of challenges to political decentralisation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which arise from its roots within the elite political settlement. A re-orientation in support is proposed providing for a deeper political decentralisation and a more inclusive political settlement.
Keyword(s): Political science; Public administration; Democratic Republic of Congo; decentralisation; conflict; liberal peacebuilding; political settlement
Publication Date:
2014
Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Gaynor, Niamh ORCID: 0000-0001-5645-7032 <https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5645-7032> (2014) Challenges to decentralisation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: beyond the political settlement. Journal of International Development, 28 (2). pp. 198-213. ISSN 0954-1748
Publisher(s): John Wiley & Sons
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://doras.dcu.ie/23933/1/Doras.docx.pdf,
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jid.3046
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