Chapter 1 of this book has introduced the actor perspective as a useful and unique contribution of this volume. The subsequent chapters have proven this point relatively convincingly. This perspective reveals dynamic interactions among diverse stakeholders who may have competing interests over the change of political and administrative systems in the name of decentralization. Often, dynamic changes taking place in one relationship influence other relationships. For example, if the allocation of authority is shifted between central and local governments, this change in central-local relations affects how other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and/or civil representatives approach government offices both nationally as well as locally. The actor perspective, therefore, has a certain value.
KeywordsLocal Government Civil Society Domestic Politics Diverse Stakeholder Actor Perspective
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