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This book is the second in a series that will summarize the proceedings of the International Workshop on Local Government, co-sponsored by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Ford Foundation. The workshop is designed to explore the potential for international collaboration in the promotion of good local governance. Meeting in the Philippines during the summer of 1995, representatives from eleven countries identified problem-solving approaches to the development and implementation of democratic governance and explored their transferability to other settings. Their papers and discussions reveal the range of approaches that are being used today by different countries to develop effective local governance.
The first section of the new book focuses on questions of community participation and governance, discussing what motivates and impedes participation, how it can be sustained over time, and what mechanisms are available to institutionalize participation. The second section presents a discussion of the relationship between public finance and governance, focusing on the importance of access to budget and finance information in order to enable effective citizen participation. The third section provides some regional perspectives on local governance issues. This section provides local government profiles of those countries attending for the first time and other country-specific papers on various topics.
Countries represented at the 1995 workshop are Bangladesh, Brazil, People's Republic of China, India, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Senegal, South Africa, and the United States of America.
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