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The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography provides students of the sub-discipline with a highly contextualized and systematic overview of the latest thinking and research. Edited by key scholars, with international contributions from acknowledged authorities on the relevant research, The SAGE Handbook of Political Geography is divided into six sections: Scope and Development of Political Geography; Geographies of the State; Participation and Representation; Political Geographies of Difference; Geography, Policy, and Governance; and Global Political Geographies.

The Politics of Localization: From Depoliticizing Development to Politicizing Democracy
The politics of localization: From depoliticizing development to politicizing democracy
Introduction

There is a new politics of localization in the ‘global South’, a politics that is constructing and grounded in local political spaces and practices (Harriss et al., 2004). One striking manifestation of this new politics is the recent double inversion in development theory and strategy, from a focus on developmentalist states to an emphasis on civil society, and from a focus on centralized state-building to an emphasis on decentralization and local participation (Mohan and Stokke, 2000). This has yielded an unprecedented convergence between the neo-liberal right and the post-Marxist left, where both emphasize local civil society and give it priority over inefficient and centralized states. According ...

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