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Does Decentralization Improve Agricultural Services Delivery? — Evidence from Karnataka


  • Kannan, Elumalai


The study has analysed the impact of decentralization of governance structure on the delivery of agricultural public services in the state of Karnataka using survey data collected from 36 grama panchayats through focussed group discussions. The evidence shows that discussions on agricultural issues in grama sabhas influence the public service delivery positively. Similarly, the regular participation of the officials of state department of agriculture in grama sabha meetings has a significant effect on joint agricultural activities, especially demonstrations of new technology to farmers. The study has underlined the importance of the institution and how such institutional structures can enable effective service delivery to the farmers.

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  • Kannan, Elumalai, 2013. "Does Decentralization Improve Agricultural Services Delivery? — Evidence from Karnataka," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 26(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aerrae:162147

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    1. Akramov, Kamiljon T., 2009. "Decentralization, agricultural services and determinants of input use in Nigeria:," IFPRI discussion papers 941, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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    Agricultural services; decentralization; services delivery; Karnataka; Agricultural and Food Policy; B52; Q16;

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    • B52 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Current Heterodox Approaches - - - Historical; Institutional; Evolutionary
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services


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