Paradoxes of participation:Questioning participatory approaches to development

Cleaver, Frances (1999) Paradoxes of participation:Questioning participatory approaches to development. Journal of International Development, 11 (4). pp. 597-612. ISSN 0954-1748

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This article suggests that the concepts underlying participatory approaches to development should be subject to greater critical analysis. Drawing on research on water resource management in sub-Saharan Africa, and on social theory concerning the recursive relationship between agency and structure, it illustrates the need for a more complex understanding of issues of efficiency and empowerment in participatory approaches. Particularly, two key concepts are examined: ideas about the nature and role of institutions; and models of individual action. The article concludes by identifying the questions such an analysis raises about the relationships between community, social capital and the state.

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