Democratic Decentralization in India: Experiences, issues and challenges (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author

E. Venkatesu teaches in the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, India. He was member of faculty at the National Institute of Rural Development (2004-11) and was Research and Training Coordinator at the Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (2000- 2004). He has published several books including Panchayats and Building of Model Villages (2013), Grassroots Politics in India (2008) and Democracy and Development: A Backward Classes Perspective (in Telugu, 2004).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781138678811
ISBN-10: 1138678813
Publisher: Routledge Chapman & Hall
Publication Date: June 15th, 2016
Pages: 298
Language: English