People’s Empowerment through Democratic Decentralization in India

There is substantial evidence that basic public services and programs function inefficiently in India especially in the poorer states. The paper, “People’s Empowerment through Democratic Decentralization in India” (N.C. Saxena, 2010) examines the obstacles in the functioning of Indian panchayats (a political system of local government created in 1993) and makes recommendations for more effective…

India : rural governments and service delivery

Abstract: This study deals with the roles of different levels of government and the institutional arrangements involved in the provision of key services, e.g. health, education, sanitation and employment. What role do panchayats have in delivering these services. The focus is on disadvantaged rural areas. Author(s): World Bank Source(s): , xiv, 127 p., ill., graphs,…

Ambiguous institutions : traditional governance and local democracy in rural India

Abstract: This paper describes how Customary Village Councils, an informal, ‘traditional’ institution, are taking on a role in decentralisation and participatory local governance. It analyses the varying degrees of activities and different roles that the Councils take in villages in Karnataka. Author(s): Pur, Kripa Ananth; Moore, Mick Source(s): , IDS working paper; 282 32 p.,…

Local organizations in decentralized development : their functions and performance in India

Abstract: Local organizations have become key mechanisms in effective, fair, and sustainable resource management and development in India. However, the support for local organizations is often little more than rudimentary. Author(s): Alsop, Ruth; Kurey, Bryan Source(s): , Directions in development xii, 167 p., ill., tabs, 23 cm Directions in development Published: 2005 World bank, Washington,…

Grounding the state : poverty, inequality and the politics of governance in India’s Panchayats

Abstract: This report shows that although the Government of Andhra Pradesh has not devolved power to the same extent, its populist approach to certain forms of poverty reduction has empowered the poor in ways that the more ambitious decentralization agenda in Madhya Pradesh has not. Author(s): Johnson, Craig; Deshingkar, Priya; Start, Daniel Source(s): , Working…

Devolution as a threat to democratic decision-making in forestry? : findings from three states in India

Abstract: The conflict between the state devolution policy of Joint Forest Management and the exercise of democratic local control over forest management in India is examined with regard to livelihood and forest quality improvement. Author(s): Sarin, Madhu; Singh, Neera M.; Sundar, Nandini; Bhogal, Ranu K. Source(s): , Working paper / Overseas development institute (ODI); 197…