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Handbook of Decentralised Governance and Development in India

Edited by: D. Rajasekhar

Print publication date:  August  2021
Online publication date:  August  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367337698
eBook ISBN: 9780429321887
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This handbook examines 25 years of decentralised governance and development in India. It provides a historical overview of developments since the introduction of decentralisation reforms (73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendment Acts) and critically assesses the measures initiated to strengthen decentralised institutions and deepen grassroots democracy. It also discusses the status of service delivery and identifies the issues and challenges involved in achieving development at the local level. The volume studies themes such as the devolution of powers in India, administrative and fiscal decentralisation, decentralised planning, Panchayats in scheduled areas, the sociological aspects of decentralisation, caste, gender and local democracy, capacity building, ICT for local governance, urban local governance, workfare and decentralisation, and decentralised natural resource management. It also looks at Panchayati Raj institutions from a Gandhian perspective.

The first of its kind, this handbook will be an essential read for scholars and researchers of decentralisation and development, development studies, fiscal decentralisation, political studies, political sociology, Indian politics, Indian government, public policy and governance, political economy, South Asian studies, and South Asian politics.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Decentralised governance and development in India Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Seeing PRIs in India and their history from a Gandhian perspective Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The evolution of devolution Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Political decentralisation Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Rural local governance and administrative decentralisation Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Fiscal decentralisation in India Download PDF
Chapter  7:  State–sub-state level fiscal decentralisation in India Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Decentralised planning in India Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Implementation of PESA and status of panchayat raj institutions in fifth scheduled areas of Indian states Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Deliberative democracy through Grama Sabha Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Decentralised governance in India Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Interrogating local democracy Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Good governance in Gram Panchayats of Kerala Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Capacity development for good governance in Panchayats Download PDF
Chapter  15:  ICT for local governance Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Decentralised governance in urban areas Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Urban local governance Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Intergovernmental transfers to urban local bodies in India Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Implementing workfare through decentralised government for poverty reduction Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The policy and practice of decentralised natural resource management in India Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Devolving rights to forest dwellers Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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