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Transforming Institutions: The Politics of Debt Relief in Kenya

Rigon, A; (2010) Transforming Institutions: The Politics of Debt Relief in Kenya. (IIIS Discussion Paper 341). Institute for International Integration Studies: Dublin. Green open access

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Abstract

Through a multi-sited and multi-level exploration of the processes around debt relief in Kenya, and of the complex network of actors involved and their interests, the political nature of debt relief is investigated and assessed. An actor-network approach is used to investigate the political processes taking place between civil society and the state, and how global policies have been translated into the local arena and played out in the local politics. This paper will illustrate how both the state and civil society are fragmented arenas of contrasting interests and separation among the two is only analytical while in reality the borders are blurred. This paper argues that debt relief is the result of a complex political process that, once in place, can create new political processes, thus having implications beyond the economic sphere. Debt relief mobilises a high number of actors pursuing different agendas, creating new possibilities and new relationships with a transformative potential that challenges power relations and changes institutions.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Transforming Institutions: The Politics of Debt Relief in Kenya
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.tcd.ie/iiis/documents/discussion/abstr...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2011 Dr Andrea Rigon. IIIS Discussion Papers may be released in other outlets.
Keywords: State and Civil Society, Debt Relief, Debt-for-Development, Illegitimate Debt, Actor-Network Theory
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1457444
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