Citizens, Not Just Consumers: Locating Civil Society Role in Regulation

This paper discusses lessons from past experiences in structural
adjustment programs and concludes that structural reforms done via
sector deregulation without serious accompanying institutional reforms
are dangerous and are likely to experience limited success or fail
altogether.

This paper discusses lessons from past experiences in structural
adjustment programs and concludes that structural reforms done via
sector deregulation without serious accompanying institutional reforms
are dangerous and are likely to experience limited success or fail
altogether. It further advocates that part of the institutional reform
needed is the development of regulatory mechanisms where citizens
intervene to protect public interest. This is viewed not only as an
effective tool to effect pro-people decisions, but also crucial in
tempering populism by promoting more informed and realistic positions.

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