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Participatory Decentralization in Bolivia: The Genealogy of an Institutional Transplant

Abstract : President Aliev was personally present during the opulent ceremony that marked his country’s admission to the Council of Europe. Traditional music, caviar, and national folklore accompanied the president for the much-awaited introduction to the heart of the “European family.” Since its creation in 1949,2 the Council of Europe’s vocation has been essentially oriented toward a postwar problematic in Western Europe. In the 1990s, the organization opened itself to the postsocialist world and developed programs of democratic transition. The council introduced a political process that redesigned the contours of Europe with 47 member states and produced new political and legal norms defining the conditions of access to the European label. Central and Eastern European countries aiming to join the European Union began their training and familiarization with European norms within this institution. The Council of Europe was nicknamed “the antechamber of the European Union” by some observers because of its role in promoting reforms in the new member states.
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David Recondo. Participatory Decentralization in Bolivia: The Genealogy of an Institutional Transplant. Boris Petric. Democracy at Large. NGOs, Political Foundations, Think Tanks and International Organizations, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.125 - 145, 2012, 9781349441242. ⟨hal-03398559⟩

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