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Local Governance in India: Decentralization and Beyond

Niraja Gopal Jayal (Editor) Amit Prakash (Editor) Pradeep K. Sharma (Editor)
Synopsis This volume analyses the complexity of local governance, both rural and urban, in contemporary India. It argues that there is more to local governance today than a focus on decentralization. The essays illuminate some of the lesser known aspects of the interface between panchayats and other institutions of local governance, whether district administration or parastatal agencies and civil society organizations. The essays stress the continued domination of bureaucracy and local elites over elected local bodies and the persistence of rent-seeking in development works. In addition, the volume pays special attention to regional variations across states in the broader context of local governance, drawing out important comparative lessons. Sections in the book look at the relationship between institutions at the local level and panchayats, sectoral experiences in health and primary education, local governance in the urban and rural setting, and finally issues of transparency, representation, and accountability in local governance.
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About the authors

Niraja Gopal Jayal

Niraja Gopal Jayal Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance and Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Study, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Amit Prakash

Amit Prakash Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Pradeep K. Sharma

Dr. Pradeep K. Sharma teaches at the Centre of Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He did his M.Phil and Ph.D. from the same university. Dr. Sharma has contributed articles to International Review of Sociology and other journals of repute. He has also participated actively in several national and international seminars, workshops and symposia. He is also associated with grassroots activism in India on land and livelihood rights.

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Title Local Governance in India: Decentralization and Beyond
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195678370
length xvi+426p., Tables; Maps; References; 23cm.
Subjects History