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The Global Development Project Contested: The Local Politics of the PRSP process in Malawi

Gaynor, Niamh (2011) The Global Development Project Contested: The Local Politics of the PRSP process in Malawi. Globalizations, 8 (1). pp. 17-30.

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Development, in an age of globalizations, has indeed become a global project. However, this project remains contested and contestable. While much attention has been given to this contestation at a macro-policy level, the dynamics of such contestations on the ground remain less studied. Noting that development projects, policies and programs are themselves products of power relations and social struggles, this paper focuses on the dynamics of these relations and struggles in relation to the dissemination of the global development project in Malawi. Drawing from the experiences and fractious journey from 2000 to 2006 of the broad-based civil society network involved in Malawi’s ongoing PRSP process, the paper shows how local actors draw creatively on globalized discourses of participation and representation to contest and confound the objectives of the elites, thereby complicating the channels through which the global development project is promulgated.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Subjects:Social Sciences > Globalization
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Taylor-Francis (Routledge)
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Copyright Information:Taylor-Francis (Routledge) 2011.
ID Code:14925
Deposited On:14 Apr 2011 12:21 by Niamh Gaynor. Last Modified 01 Oct 2012 04:02

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