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Contesting Development : Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia - Michael Woolcock

Contesting Development

Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia

Hardcover Published: 22nd February 2011
ISBN: 9780300126310
Number Of Pages: 384

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This pathbreaking book grapples with an established reality: well-intentioned international development programs often generate local conflict, some of which escalates to violence. To understand how such conflicts can be managed peacefully, the authors have undertaken a comprehensive mixed-methods analysis of one of the world's largest participatory development projects, the highly successful Kecamatan Development Program (KDP), which was launched by the World Bank and the Indonesian government in the late 1990s and now operates in every district across Indonesia.

Contesting Development addresses major issues at the nexus of development research and policy: the level of local conflict accompanying institutional transitions; the role of development projects in shaping institutional transitions and conflict dynamics; and strategies for designing, implementing, and assessing projects in rapidly changing contexts. The book examines how KDP engages with these issues and discusses how staff members apply the critical principles of participation, transparency, local choice, and accountability to mediate conflicts that inevitably arise. The project mechanisms that bring about peaceful conflict resolution can have positive spillover effects: they frequently lead to stronger intergroup relations, participation, and problem solving in the community. The broader lesson, however, is not that KDP per se should be replicated elsewhere, but rather that the in-depth social research and consultation processes that helped produce it should be. With a rich array of analytical insights, empirical findings, and practical suggestions, this book is essential reading for everyone involved in international development or peace-building initiatives.

Patrick Barron, Michael Woolcock, and Rachel Diprose, Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflicts Dynamics in Indonesia is co-winner of the 2012 ASA Sociology of Development Section Faculty Book Award -- Sociology of Development Section Faculty Book Award co-winner * American Sociological Association *

Prefacep. ix
Institutional Change, Development Projects, and Local Conflict Dynamicsp. 1
Issues, Contexts, Methods
The Conflict-Development Nexus Revisitedp. 27
Methods, Contexts, and Project Characteristicsp. 48
Arguments, Evidence, Interpretations
When Do Development Projects Generate Conflict?p. 83
Can Development Projects Be Part of a Solution?p. 141
Indirect Effects of Development Projects on Local Conflict Dynamicsp. 166
How Contexts Shape Project Performance and Conflict Trajectoriesp. 210
Applications, Implications, Invocations
Contesting Development: Policies and Projects as if Social Theory Matteredp. 247
Additional Methodological and Empirical Detailsp. 271
Notesp. 293
Glossaryp. 323
Referencesp. 327
Indexp. 351
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ISBN: 9780300126310
ISBN-10: 030012631X
Series: Yale Agrarian Studies Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 22nd February 2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.7