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Local democracy in India; interpreting decentralization.

Kumar, Girish.

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ISBN 10: 0761935118 / ISBN 13: 9780761935117
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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.


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.

(Journal of South Asian Development)

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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