A positive notion of power for citizen voice and state accountability

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Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Development in Practice, 2016, 26 (6), pp. 696 - 705
Issue Date:
2016-03-09
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This article explores the notion of power within citizen–state relations. A positive notion of power is presented as an addition to evolving development discourse which has predominantly defined power as a finite resource transferred from state to citizen in a process of ‘‘changing the balance of power’’. A positive notion of power is concerned with maximising and connecting citizen power and affirming state power, for synergistic change. The article draws on development discourse and practical examples to outline a positive notion of power, prioritising relational dialogue and joint citizen state action for development outcomes.
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