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Development

, Volume 60, Issue 3–4, pp 206–212 | Cite as

Why Power Only Yields to Counter-Power

  • Claudio Schuftan
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Abstract

The article looks into how corporate power has been building up and has consolidated itself in the last 20 years and then delves into analysing how the delivery of services, capacity building, advocacy and social mobilization can or cannot build the needed counter-power to meaningfully change the situation.

Keywords

Building counter-power strategies Lessons from experience The power issue in human rights 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Through much of this essay I distilled arguments found in several issues of D + C the German development journal, the book ‘The Hidden Connections’, by Fritjof Capra, the book ‘Heading South, Looking North’ by Ariel Dorfman and the book ‘Refugiado del Iraq Milenario’ by Claudio Sepulveda, as well as from writings by Franz Nuscheler, Vicente Navarro, Pol de Vos, Alicia Yamin, Tim Requarth and Boaventura de Souza Santos.

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Copyright information

© Society for International Development 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio Schuftan
    • 1
  1. 1.Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam

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