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Local participation or elite capture in sheep’s clothing? A conundrum of locally led development

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posted on 13.01.2021, 03:33 by Aidan CraneyAidan Craney
© 2020 by the author; licensee Cogitatio (Lisbon, Portugal). This article discusses concepts of legitimacy and elite capture in locally led development through a case study of the Pacific-based Green Growth Leaders’ Coalition (GGLC). GGLC is a fellowship of persons identified for their developmental leadership potential on issues of sustainability and economic growth. Members are recruited into an exclusive grouping dedicated to influencing positive developmental change through informal networks and political backchannels. With their membership representing people who both self-identify and are locally recognised as leaders, queries exist to the extent to which their efforts represent a shift towards greater ownership of developmental processes at local levels or simply reinforce elite capture of ‘local voice’ in the most aid-dependent region in the world. Rather than necessarily offering straightforward answers to questions of legitimacy and elite capture, the example of GGLC demonstrates how complex the notion of locally led development can be in practice.

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Publication Date

25/11/2020

Journal

Politics and Governance

Volume

8

Issue

4

Pagination

p. 191-200

Publisher

Cogitatio Press

ISSN

2183-2463

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