Democratic Representation in Ghana’s REDD+ Process

Th e study explores the politics of institutional choice for democratic representation of REDD+ actors, by examining espoused visions of democracy against actual commitments in practice. Th e study argues that representation is an illusory and highly symbolic feature of the REDD+ participatory process in Ghana. Democratic representation remains a highly conceptual notion compared to the practice of participation. Institutional choices for stakeholder representation were instrumental in the sense of getting various stakeholders listed as having participated in the process than representation of substantive interests.  In e ffect, current understanding of representation under institutional choices for stakeholder participation approaches is very far from the desired democracy outcomes of responsiveness and accountability.