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Representation without accountability in forestry: experiences from the Social Responsibility Agreement in Ghana

Frank Kwaku Agyei and Prince Adjei ()

Forest Policy and Economics, 2017, vol. 80, issue C, 34-43

Abstract: Emerging forest policy initiatives aim to strengthen community engagement in forest governance by implementing interventions through democratic institutions. In Ghana, the Social Responsibility Agreement (SRA) is a forest management scheme that entails devolution of decision-making powers on benefit sharing from commercial logging to local authorities to represent local interest. This paper explores how democratic representation is manifested under the choice of local leaders in the context of the SRA by focusing on: choice of local leaders, responsiveness (how represented and desired interests compare), and accountability (feedback and sanction mechanisms).

Keywords: Choice and recognition; Social Responsibility Agreement; Forest; Democratic representation; Citizenship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2017.03.003

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