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Decentralized Local Governance In Fragile States: Learning From Iraq

By Derick W. Brinkerhoff and Ronald W. Johnson


This article examines the role that local governance plays in creating an effective state and in building constructive state—society relations. Reconstruction efforts in fragile, post-conflict states have focused largely on central government, yet decentralized local authorities offer a number of positive features. Looking at the governance reconstruction experience in Iraq, the analysis explores the extent to which these positive features have characterized Iraqi sub-national government. The article draws lessons for governance reconstruction more generally, addressing decentralization choices, capacity-building, and political factors.capacity-building; decentralization; good governance; Iraq; post-conflict.

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