Local Democracy in India: Interpreting Decentralization (Paperback)

Girish Kumar

Published by SAGE Publications Inc, 2006
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Language: English . Brand New Book. The fundamental objective of this large-scale study is to reconstruct the contemporary historical value of panchayats (a traditional rural Indian political system) in the decentralization of the country. Using interviews and discussions with all the central players in the field, the author presents a comparative and detailed account of panchayat-centric democratic decentralization in the states of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. The author covers the key issues of whether: - the policy of reservations has created spaces for the weaker sections, including women; - panchayats empower people and strengthen democracy at the local level; - the people are satisfied with the performance of panchayats. Additionally, the book assesses the impact of decentralization on the functional efficacy of social sector institutions such as primary schools and health centers. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The basic objective of this large-scale study is to reconstruct the contemporary history of decentralization in India. This is done with reference to the experiences of four states―West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh―which represent three generations of panchayats. It assesses the contribution of these institutions in expanding the social base of democracy and in deepening the process of democratization at the local level.

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By taking the reader through the political history of the Panchayat system in India it shows the practicalities and challenges of making decentralisation work...A useful guide to the many advocates of local democracies in national planning commissions, NGOs and international development organisations.

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The book will benefit the policy-makers and other sections concerned who would like to honestly try to find answers to many vexed questions of reasons for the failures and setbacks on mainstreaming the local democracy as envisioned in the 73rd Amendments of the Constitution of India (Yojana)

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Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publication Date: 2006
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Book Description Sage Publications, New Delhi, India, 2006. Paperback. Condition: New. First Edition. Despite the considerable literature on the subject and the innumerable experiments at making it work, decentralization remains an enigma today. The basic objective of this large-scale study is to reconstruct the contemporary history of decentralization in India with a view to understanding its impact on democratization. This is done with reference to the experiences of four states—Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh—which represent three generations of panchayats. The author assesses the contribution of these local institutions in expanding the social base of democracy and in deepening the process of democratization at the local level. Using interviews and discussions with all the actors in the field of decentralization, the author presents a comparative and detailed account of panchayat-centric democratic decentralization in these states. In doing so, the original objectives of the policy-makers have been interrogated, and an assessment made of the intentions as compared to the ground reality. Printed Pages: 336. Seller Inventory # 028595

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