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Cornwall, Andrea (2006) 'Historical perspectives on participation in development.' Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 44 (1). pp. 62-83.

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Participation in development came to be popularised in the 1990s as a novel, common-sense way to address a range of development ills. Its institutionalisation over the course of that decade in the discourses, if not the practices, of many mainstream development organisations promised a new approach that would give ‘the poor’ more voice and choice in development. This article traces precedents for this more recent wave of enthusiasm for participation back to the colonial era. Highlighting the culturally specific notions of democracy and governance that are embedded in the various permutations that discourses of participation have taken over this period, it questions whether the limited institutional recipes purveyed by northern development agencies can ever produce the benefits that are claimed of participation in development

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Anthropology and IDS
Keywords: Participation, colonialism, governance, development institutions
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 14662043
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:10

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