Decentralised governance and development in India

An introduction

Authored by: D. Rajasekhar

Handbook of Decentralised Governance and Development in India

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

Print ISBN: 9780367337698
eBook ISBN: 9780429321887
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It has been over two-and-half decades since historic legislations on decentralised governance were passed by the Indian Parliament. During this period, public services at the local level have been sought to be delivered through decentralised governance, and this may have resulted in the good development outcomes of participation of people in decision-making for improved service delivery and local development in both rural and urban areas. This chapter begins with a discussion on concepts of decentralization (definition and types) and theoretical review on the justification for decentralization and impact on poverty reduction. After providing historical overview on decentralization in India from colonial times, this chapter provides a summary of papers in the volume highlighting key conclusions and arguments.

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