Participation--From Tyranny to Transformation?: Exploring New Approaches to Participation in Development

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Samuel Hickey, Giles Mohan
Zed Books, 2005 M03 2 - 304 pages
Participatory techniques have established themselves in both project implementation in developing countries and community interventions in industrial countries. Recently, participation has been fashionably dismissed as more rhetoric than substance, and subject to manipulation by agents pursuing their own agendas under cover of community consent. In this important new volume, development and other social policy scholars and practitioners seek to rebut this simplistic conclusion. They show how participation can help produce genuine transformation for marginalized communities. This volume is the first comprehensive attempt to evaluate the state of participatory approaches in the aftermath of the "Tyranny" critique. It captures the recent convergence between participatory development and participatory governance. It revisits the question of popular agency, as well as spanning the range of institutional actors involved--the state, civil society and donor agencies. The volume embeds participation within contemporary advances in development theory.

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Samuel Hickey is a lecturer in Social Development at the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester. Giles Mohan is a lecturer in Development Studies in the Development Policy and Practice discipline of the Open University.

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