Deliberative Participation in Local Development.

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  • Author(s): Crocker, David A.
  • Source:
    Journal of Human Development. Nov2007, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p431-455. 25p.
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    • Abstract:
      In this paper I aim to improve the theory and practice of participation in local, grassroots, or micro-development initiatives. First, I classify weaker and stronger types of participation and, in relation to these accounts, I propose and explain an ideal of deliberative participation derived from the theory and practice of deliberative democracy. Second, in relation to these types of participation and especially the deliberative ideal, I evaluate Sabina Alkire's recent efforts, in Valuing Freedoms: Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction, to apply Sen's theory to micro-projects. Although I find much to approve of in her approach to grassroots participation, I argue that it could be strengthened by features of deliberative participation. Third, I analyze and rebut three charges leveled against Sen's democratic turn, deliberative democracy, and deliberative participation - namely, these allied accounts are flawed by too much indeterminacy, too little autonomy, and insufficient realism with respect to asymmetries of power. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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