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Challenges to decentralisation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: beyond the political settlement

Gaynor, Niamh orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-5645-7032 (2014) Challenges to decentralisation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: beyond the political settlement. Journal of International Development, 28 (2). pp. 198-213. ISSN 0954-1748

Decentralisation is increasingly seen as an important part of conflict resolution and peacebuilding strategies within fragile states where increased public accountability and participation help reduce horizontal inequalities and address local grievances. This view assumes a strong political element to decentralisation however. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Kinshasa and in Bas-Congo, this article highlights three key sets of challenges to political decentralisation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which arise from its roots within the elite political settlement. A re-orientation in support is proposed providing for a deeper political decentralisation and a more inclusive political settlement.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Democratic Republic of Congo; decentralisation; conflict; liberal peacebuilding; political settlement
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
Social Sciences > Public administration
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jid.3046
Copyright Information:© 2014 John Wiley & Sons
Funders:Dublin City University, Royal Irish Academy, Trócaire
ID Code:23933
Deposited On:15 Nov 2019 12:04 by Niamh Gaynor . Last Modified 15 Nov 2019 12:04

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