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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions$
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Charles H. Anderton and Jurgen Brauer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199378296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.001.0001

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Local and National Democracy in Political Reconstruction

Local and National Democracy in Political Reconstruction

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(p.663) 28 Local and National Democracy in Political Reconstruction
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Economic Aspects of Genocides, Other Mass Atrocities, and Their Preventions
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Roger B. Myerson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378296.003.0028

After conflict or breakdown of the state, successful democratic development will require an ample supply of leaders who have good reputations for responsible public service that can benefit all citizens. This essential supply of trusted democratic leadership can develop in responsible institutions of democratic local government, where successful local leaders can prove their qualifications to compete for higher office. If a transition to democracy begins with only national elections, however, then the winners will acquire a natural interest in centralizing power around themselves, and so political decentralization thereafter may become more difficult. Thus, those who would support the development of a new democracy need to recognize the potential advantages of decentralizing some power to elected local governments.

Keywords:   state breakdown, democratic transition, constitutional state, democratic decentralization, separatism, violence

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