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Description - Decentralised Democracy in India by M. V. Nadkarni

This book provides a vantage point of comparison, of the actual reality of decentralisation in India with Gandhi's vision of decentralised democracy, or what he referred to as Gram Swaraj. It looks at the historical evolution of panchayats from ancient times to India's independence, and critically discusses the developments after. It examines the functioning of the present Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and the performances of urban local bodies. The basic thrust of this work is the need for constitutional reforms meant to strengthen and deepen democracy.

The book will be useful to those in political studies, policy studies, public administration and development studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781138285774
ISBN-10: 1138285773
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Pages: 420
Imprint: Routledge India
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2017
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - M. V. Nadkarni

M. V. Nadkarni is an economist with an interest in agricultural and rural economics, ecology, political economy, rural sociology, development, ethics, philosophy, and Gandhian thought. He was Professor and is currently Honorary Visiting Professor, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. He is also Member, Board of Governors, Centre for Multi-disciplinary Development Research (CMDR), Dharwad; former Vice Chancellor, Gulbarga University; and Chairman, Editorial Board, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics . N. Sivanna is Professor, Centre for Political Institutions, Governance and Development, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. With an interest in development studies, democracy and decentralisation, he works as a researcher, development practitioner, consultant and trainer. Lavanya Suresh is a political scientist and is currently Assistant Professor, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani - Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad, India. Her research interests are political ecology, public administration, decentralisation and natural resource governance.

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