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Decentralised Governance, Transparency and Accountability: Empirical Evidence from West Bengal

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  • Md Nazrul Islam

    (Institute for social and Economic Change)

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    Decentralised governance has been conceived as an instrument for promoting development. It is expected to facilitate effective people’s participation, enhance degree of transparency and ensure greater accountability. This paper examines the relationship between decentralised governance and transparency as well as accountability in the light of empirical evidence. The study reveals that transparency and accountability can be enhanced at the grass roots level by strengthening institutions of decentralised governance, ensuring people’s participation and accumulation of social capital.

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    Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore in its series Working Papers with number 144.

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    Length: 19 pages
    Date of creation: 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:sch:wpaper:144

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    Keywords: Local Government; Decentralization; Accountability; West Bengal;

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    1. James Putzel, 1998. "The business of aid: Transparency and accountability in European union development assistance," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(3), pages 71-96.
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