Here is another telling example, this time from a remote region of Romania (Maramures), which illustrates how disempowering local people can have disastrous effects.
When local people had control of the system for dealing with land disputes everything worked fairly well. But things worked less well when central government took control: there were, quite literally, deadly consequences.
This shows,once again, that giving control and collaborating rather than taking control and enforcing is often the most effective option, especially where limited but easily taken and hard to police resources are concerned.
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