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Democratic Decentralization in India

Experiences, issues and challenges

Democratic Decentralization in India by E. Venkatesu
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This book explores experiences, issues and challenges which have emerged since Constitutional status was granted to the local bodies at grassroots level in India in the early 1990s. Among other issues, it focuses on:

  • the contrasting political ideas of Mahatma Gandhi and B. R. Ambedkar on Panchayati Raj Institutions
  • the legal and constitutional provisions which were introduced through the 73rd and 74th Amendment Acts
  • the devolution process, status and challenges of democracy for local governmental bodies
  • empowerment of the women and lower castes through reservations in the local bodies
  • governance in Schedule V and VI tribal areas

Based on extensive fieldwork across India, this volume will be useful to scholars and researchers of political science, sociology, public administration as well as policymakers and civil society activists.

Taylor and Francis; June 2016
298 pages; ISBN 9781317192305
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Title: Democratic Decentralization in India
Author: E. Venkatesu
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