Blair, Harry

Participation and accountability at the periphery : democratic local governance in six countries

Democratic local governance (DLG), now a major subtheme within the overall context of democratic development, promises that government at the local level can become more responsive to citizen desires and more effective in service delivery. Based on a six-country study sponsored by USAID (Bolivia, Honduras, India, Mali, the Philippines and Ukraine), this paper analyses the two topics of participation and accountability, finding that both show significant potential for promoting DLG.