Encyclopaedia of Decentralised Planning and Local Self-Governance; 3 Volumes
Kumar, Arvind (Ed.)
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Book ID : 5459
ISBN-10 : 81-261-0980-7 / 8126109807
ISBN-13 : 978-81-261-0980-7 / 9788126109807
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Language : English
922p., 25 cm.
CONTENTS:- Preface. Vol.1: 1. Concepts, approaches and techniques of decentralised planning. 2. Social discourse in a globalised era: towards the concept of development matrix. 3. Decentralisation: some Afro-Asian reflections. 4. People's participation in planning. 5. Government and governance: key models of administration and control. 6. Ethics - the other name for good governance. 7. Citizen's charter - an instrument of public accountability: problems and prospects in India. 8. Decentralisation: some conceptual issues. 9. Decentralised planning, apprehensions and environment: an analytical framework. 10. Multi-level planning in India: emerging issues. 11. Decentralised planning: some issues and database for local level development. 12. Decentralisation and planning in India. 13. Decentralisation of development planning. 14. Decentralisation: the post-independence scenario. 15. Decentralised rural development and inter-organisational linkages. 16. District planning in India: a structural framework for administration. Vol.2: 17. Indian planning. 18. Social planning. 19. Reconstructed methodology for decentralised planning. 20. Decentralised district planning: the Indian experience. 21. District development scheme: economic progress by forced marches. 22. Decentralised planning: experiences of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. 23. Good governance at district level. 24. Techniques of decentralised planning. 25. Status of micro-level planning in India. 26. Institutional strategies for decentralisation. 27. Database for decentralised planning. 28. Decentralising administrative machinery for development needs. 29. District planning - why and how? 30. Self-government nomenclature for Panchayats. 31. Institutionalising Panchayat system in India. Vol.3: 32. District planning process and the erosion of Panchayati Raj institutions. 33. Apex tier in Panchayati Raj system. 34. Panchayati Raj - its validity. 35. Panchayati Raj - perspective and prospect. 36. Socio-economic background of the women-members in Panchayat institutions. 37. A comparative profile of women members of the Zilla Parishads and Panchayat Samitis. 38. Panchayat perestroika. 39. Panchayat Raj and rural development. 40. Strengthening of Gram Sabha. 41. Reconnecting Sabha to Gram. 42. Empowerment of Gram Sabha. 43. Finances of Panchayati Raj institutions. 44. Municipal decentralisation and governance. 45. Institutional aspects of urban governance. 46. Emerging structure of Panchayati Raj in India. 47. Good governance, people's participation and NGOs. 48. Good governance at local level. 49. Governance and representation: a study of women and local self-government. 50. Panchayati Raj in Rajasthan - policy issues and concerns. 51. Village-level decentralisation of judicial system. 52. Ethics in governance: the Indian perspective. 53. Local government reform.
Decentralisation is referred to as a process of sharing of powers by the central ruling groups with other groups, each having authority within a specific area or the state. From the point of view of norms, it means presence of formal political structures for each defined area representing a combination of local as well as central interest, who exercise the powers of decision making at the local level and such allocation of powers is protected by formal as well as normative rules accepted by the centre. With focus on instrumentalities of local self-governance of Panchayati Raj (PR) bodies, the present work analyses the provisions in Central and State PR acts, the critical issue of exercising powers and apprehensions thereof affecting effective and autonomous discharge of developmental functions between centre and states, denial of overall control to Gram Sabha. Further, following the discussion on the concept of institution, distinction between public organisation and bipolarity of institution-building process, the present work also discusses Panchayats as institutions and the 73 and 74 constitutional amendment. Then, with a diagnostic angle, it identifies the factors that could account for PRI's institutionalisation - such as politicisation, leadership, boundary management, environment, etc. We hope, the work will be of immense importance to those involved in policy planning, administrators, academicians etc.