The Democratic Developmental State: Political and Institutional Design

Hardcover | November 15, 1998

EditorMark Robinson, Gordon White

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The 1990s have witnessed the ascendance of a new orthodoxy which asserts that democracy and development are mutually reinforcing. This is in marked contrast to the dominant consensus that held sway for the previous two decades, which stated that developmental progress in poor societies wasbest assured by strong states, ruled by authoritarian regimes. Today, however, many new democracies are illiberal, non-participatory, and characterized by enormous inequalities. Developmental democracy cannot therefore be regarded as an assured outcome of a simultaneous process of economic andpolitical liberalization. The central inquiry of this important new study concerns the extent to which it is possible to strive towards a new form of developmental state that can promote broad-based and equitable development in the context of legitimized, inclusive democracy. The argument running through this book is thatthere is scope for continuous political intervention in the design of democratic institutions that shape the context of state-led development initiatives. Institutional arrangements which foster political participation, the dispersion of political power, and increased representation by women andother disadvantaged groups can make democratic regimes more sensitive to issues of poverty, social welfare, and gender discrimination through remedial action and policy commitments. Oxford Studies in Demcratization is a series for scholars and students of comparative politics and related disciplines. Volumes will concentrate on the comparative study of the democratization processes that accompanied the decline and termination of the cold war. The geographical focus of theseries will primarily be Latin America, the Caribbean, Southern and Eastern Europe, and relevant experiences in Africa and Asia. The Series Editor is Laurence Whitehead.

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The 1990s have witnessed the ascendance of a new orthodoxy which asserts that democracy and development are mutually reinforcing. This is in marked contrast to the dominant consensus that held sway for the previous two decades, which stated that developmental progress in poor societies wasbest assured by strong states, ruled by author...

Mark Robinson is a Fellow, Institute of Development Studies at University of Sussex. Gordon White is a formerly Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:November 15, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Mark Robinson and Gordon White: IntroductionPart I. The Democratic Developmental State1. Gordon White: Constructing a Democratic Developmental State2. Adrian Leftwich: Forms of the Democratic Developmental State: Democratic Practices and Development Capacity3. Mick Moore: Death Without Taxes: Democracy, State Capacity, and Aid Dependence in the Fourth WorldPart II. Political Institutions and Social Forces4. James Manor: Democratization and the Developmental State: The Search for Balance5. Mark Robinson: Democracy, Participation, and Public Policy: The Politics of Institutional Design6. Rob Jenkins: The Developmental Implications of Federal Political Institutions in India7. Nicoli Nattrass and Jeremy Seekings: Democratic Institutions and Development in Post-Apartheid South AfricaPart III. Deepening Democracy8. Anne Marie Goetz: Fiddling with Democracy: Translating Women's Participation in Politics in Uganda and South Africa into Gender-Equity in Development Practice9. Susanna Davies: Democratization and Sustainable Rural Livelihoods10. Robin Luckham: Are There Alternatives to Liberal Democracy?

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