International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Rescaling Governance and the Impacts of Political and Environmental Decentralization: An Introduction

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This article introduces a collection of papers that provide empirical studies of the impacts that result from changes to established modes of governance: in particular, decentralizing the scale at which state institutions operate or the privatization of service delivery. We critically assess the claims made for "good governance" reforms in the light of these studies. Altering the scale, and the style, of governance has inevitable consequences for power structures, institutions, livelihoods, and physical landscapes. We offer a framework for analyzing these consequences, focusing on the temporal and scale dimensions of political and environmental decentralization and changes to established modes of governance. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

World Development

Publication Date

11-1-2006

Volume

34

Issue

11

First Page

1851

Last Page

1863

ISSN

0305-750X

DOI

10.1016/j.worlddev.2005.11.019

Keywords

decentralization, environmental governance, geography, good governance, scale

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