Local Democracy in India: Interpreting Decentralization

By: Girish Kumar

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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.

Title: Local Democracy in India: Interpreting Decentralization

Author Name: Girish Kumar

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Sage Publications: 2006

ISBN: 0761935339

ISBN 13: 9780761935339

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 028595

Keywords: Local Democracy in India