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Contesting 'Good' Governance

Crosscultural Perspectives on Representation, Accountability and Public Space

Eva Poluha Mona Rosendahl

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Routledge
10 April 2015
Anthropology; Political structure & processes; Public opinion & polls
Research in localities in India, Cuba, Ethiopia, Taiwan and Lebanon is used to develop a broader understanding of global political phenomena such as democracy, representation and accountability. To contextualise aspects of 'good' governance the articles in the volume deal with people's perceptions of and interactions with the state; how they interpret government laws and regulations; how they interact with officials and how they comment on acts and speeches made by local bureaucrats and national power holders. Through a discussion of the much debated distinction between private and public, the articles show how the notions of public and private are interconnected in many ways, how they are contested and reformulated by people based on their experiences, and how they can be used as a tool in questioning dominant ideas and ways of executing 'good' governance.
Edited by:   Eva Poluha, Mona Rosendahl
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9781138879201
ISBN 10:   1138879207
Publication Date:   10 April 2015
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Eva Poluha is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University and has spent over 30 years researching peasant-state relations, democracy, gender, ethnicity and political change in Europe. Mona Rosendahl is Associate Professor affiliated to the Department of Social Anthropology and the Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University.

Reviews for Contesting 'Good' Governance: Crosscultural Perspectives on Representation, Accountability and Public Space

'Contesting 'good' Governance is an interesting collection of papers exploring local concepts of political process that is misdirected as a critique of notions of governance in current debates in international development.' - Social Anthropology 'The volume will be of interest to political anthropologists concerned with issues of the public sphere, governance, democracy, and so on. It should also be useful for teaching, since most of the chapters are written in an accessible style and include useful summaries of various debates in political anthropology.' - The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute


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