37 NYU Journal of International Law and Politics 919 (2005)

World Bank Community-Driven Development Programming in Indonesia and East Timor: Implications for the Study of Global Administrative Law

Frederick Rawski

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The literature on global administrative law posits a coherent set of mechanisms, principles, and practices affecting regulatory decision-making at the international level that can prop-erly be characterized as “global” in nature. It also assumes that, through the imposition of various procedures and norms, the transnational structures engaged in these decision and rule-making practices are influencing national and sub-national administrative structures. But how coherent are these procedures and norms? Do they really have an impact on the ways in which communities or individual citizens interact with institutions at the national and international levels? If so, how does the decentralization of decision-making processes affect the perceived legitimacy and actual accountability of decision- makers? This article will consider such questions in the context of the implementation of two World Bank “Community- Driven Development” (CDD) initiatives and attempt to situate these and similar interventions within the larger context of global administrative law.