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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Decentralization, Local Governance, and Social Wellbeing in Indiaby Rani D. Mullen

    Taylor and Francis 2011; US$ 150.00

    Over the past three decades, decentralization has been seen as the means for allowing local governments to become more accountable, and for encouraging the deepening of democracy and the building of village communities. By drawing on original village-level case studies of six villages in three different Indian states, this book presents a systematic... more...

  • Undermining Local Democracy: Parallel Governance in Contemporary South Indiaby Lalita Chandrashekhar

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 120.00

    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...

  • China's Local Administrationby Jae Ho Chung; Tao-chiu Lam

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 54.95

    The remarkable changes in China over the past three decades are mostly considered at the national level, whereas local government ? which has played and continues to play a key role in these developments ? is often overlooked. The themes of China?s local administrative hierarchy, and its historical evolution, have until now received scant attention;... 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...

  • Empowered Participationby Archon Fung

    Princeton University Press 2009; US$ 32.95

    Every month in every neighborhood in Chicago, residents, teachers, school principals, and police officers gather to deliberate about how to improve their schools and make their streets safer. Residents of poor neighborhoods participate as much or more as those from wealthy ones. All voices are heard. Since the meetings began more than a dozen years... more...