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This report is the first in a series of publications that will summarize the proceedings of the three-year International Workshop on Good Local Government, sponsored by the Ford Foundation. When representatives from eight countries met in Austin, Texas, in July 1994, participants shared their experiences and perspectives on the issues involved in good local government and established some theoretical ground to form the basis for this first report. Drawing on case studies from each of the eight countries--Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Senegal, and the United States--the workshop discussed how good local government practices should be defined and what characterizes exemplary practices. Discussion generated a broad range of diffusion strategies that could be applied to innovative practices in good local government. The first section of the report focuses on specific examples of innovative practices and the experiences of local governments in diverse national settings. The second section provides a summary of workshop discussions.
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