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Panchayati Raj, Participation and Decentralization

 
Ramesh K. Arora (Editor) Meenakshi Hooja (Editor)
Synopsis Perhaps the most significant characteristic of India's parliamentary democracy is its vigorous grassroots structure. Local level participatory and democratic institutions, sprawling throughout the country, have not only brought authenticity to the democratic spirit, but have also made the whole process of governance increasingly effective and responsive. More particularly, after the 73rd and 74th amendments to the Indian Constitution, the decentralized governance framework has introduced a new dynamism into the overall process of participatory democracy. Even thought the constitutional amendments have not been implemented in totality, yet the process of democratization has become irreversible and it can be hoped, that in years to come, India could boast of a vibrant responsible democracy, the tentacles of which would reach every community, group and territory of the country.

The present anthology discusses some of the most significant and critical issues pertaining to the impact of Panchayati Raj Institutions, the framework of participatory democracy and the design of decentralized governance in India. Throughout the volume, the emphasis is on highlighting some of the more prominent features of Inida's participatory democracy and on a few noticeable lacunae that need to be overcome through institutional devices. The volume is descriptive, empirical and instrumental in its perspective and will be of enormous utility to students, teachers and policy-makers interested in the crucial problem areas of governance at the grass-roots level.
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About the authors

Ramesh K. Arora

Professor Ramesh K. Arora had his higher education at Jaipur and at Lawrence, Kansas (USA). He served as professor, Head and Dean in the University of Rajasthan and as Fulbright Fellow at Maxwell School, Syracuse. He is presently serving as Visiting Professor at HCM Rajasthan State Institute of Public Administration. He is the Chairperson of Management Development Academy and Director of Centre for Self Excellence. Dr. Arora has written/edited more than 35 books. He is the Editor of Administrative Change, an international journal. His publications include Comparative Public Administration, Indian Public Administration, Politics and Administration in Changing Societies, Ethics and Accountability in Government and Business and Public Administration: Fresh Perspectives.

Meenakshi Hooja

Meenakshi Hooja, IAS, is Chairperson, Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals Ltd., Jaipur. Earlier, she has held many important positions both in Government of India and Government of Rajasthan. She has a flair for writing and has published articles on varied subjects such as Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Civil Service Reforms, etc. She also writes poetry.

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Title Panchayati Raj, Participation and Decentralization
Format Hardcover
Date published: 04.07.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8131602524, 9788131602522
length x+315p., Tables; 22cm.