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  • Undermining Local Democracyby Lalita Chandrashekhar

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 110.00

    Focusing on Karnataka in India, this study examines the implications of the model of development sought to be introduced in the entire country through the governance reforms of the post-1991 period ? a model that bypasses Panchayat Raj institutions (PRIs), resulting in a majority of the population being left outside the purview of development. These... more...

  • Patronage and Powerby Ben Hillman

    Stanford University Press 2014; US$ 50.00

    Power and Patronage examines the unwritten rules and inner workings of contemporary China's local politics and government. It exposes how these rules have helped to keep the one-Party state together during decades of tumultuous political, social, and economic change. While many observers of Chinese politics have recognized the importance of informal... more...

  • Government of Paperby Matthew S. Hull

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 29.95

    In the electronic age, documents appear to have escaped their paper confinement. But we are still surrounded by flows of paper with enormous consequences. In the planned city of Islamabad, order and disorder are produced through the ceaseless inscription and circulation of millions of paper artifacts among bureaucrats, politicians, property owners,... more...

  • Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs and Bad Ideasby Mike McRae

    University of Queensland Press 2011; US$ 12.99

    How do you define science? And whose theories are the right ones? Take a humorous and intriguing journey through the unchartered territory of scientific squabbles with scientist Mike McRae, Australia's next-gen Dr Karl, as he reveals arguments and accusations about who is right and who is wrong in the world of science. Over time, science has come... more...

  • Township Governance and Institutionalization in Chinaby Shukai Zhao

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2013; US$ 166.00

    This unique volume takes a very different approach to township or xiangzhen governance. It explores the structural constraints on township governance and the way that these constraints influence the day-to-day behavior of Chinese rural grassroots government leaders. Based on thoroughgoing interviews with township and village cadres and villagers, the... more...

  • The Chinese State in Transitionby Linda Chelan Li

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 49.95

    Each chapter of this book examines how the state combines with local initiatives from non-state actors in China today. Policy areas examined include cultural strategies, housing, land politics, corruption, peasants? burden and cadre reforms, women and gender, and international relations. more...

  • Rural Democracy in Chinaby Baogang He

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 105.00

    This book examines village democracy and the prospects of China's democratization. It explains how three key factors - township, economy and kinship - shape village democracy and account for rural variations. It considers the extension of village to township elections, the idea of a mixed regime and its impact on political development in China. more...

  • Decentralisation, Corruption and Social Capitalby Sten Widmalm

    SAGE India 2008; US$ 49.95

    This book provides fresh perspectives and insights on what may be the world’s. largest ongoing decentralisation reforms—the Panchayat Raj reforms in India—and. presents unique empirical material from Madhya Pradesh and Kerala. Comparative. perspectives and references to historical cases from around the world are used. to show how decentralisation... more...

  • New Forms of Urban Governance in Indiaby I. S. A. Baud; J. De Wit

    SAGE India 2009; US$ 39.95

    This work looks at the impact of decentralization on local governance arrangements. and citizen participation in urban democracy processes in India. To analyse the. various issues, it includes case studies from the major cities throughout the. country. New Forms of Urban Governance in India: Shifts, Models, Networks and Contestations. examines how... more...

  • Public Sector Reforms in Indiaby Chandan Sinha

    SAGE India 2007; US$ 32.95

    The public sector in India has evolved over the past two centuries to adapt to contextual changes like political framework, economic conditions, and people`s expectations. Certain systemic and institutional changes reflect the ongoing transformation within the sector. One such change has been in the role of the District Officer (DO). Beginning as an... more...