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Local Democratic Governance: What Is It and How We Manage It?, Working Paper 031 Open Access

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The purpose of this paper is twofold. The first task is to develop a conceptual framework for thinking about local democratic governance. Once that framework is developed, specific indicators will be proposed to monitor the quality of key features or characteristics of a process of local democratic governance. The indicators will be “actionable” and can be used to guide CDD operations and track progress in strengthening local democratic governance. In order to address these topics, the next section discusses the meaning of local democratic governance. That is followed by a discussion of why local democratic governance is important. The following section then turns to a discussion of the formal and informal arrangements which combine to produce a vibrant process of local democratic governance. The final section proposes actionable indicators for measuring different dimensions of the process of local democratic governance.

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