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Governance,Governmentality and Governability: Constraints and Possibilities of Decentralization in South Asia

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This paper presents an integrated analytical framework for the study of participatory local democracy weaved around the concepts of Governance, Governability and Governmentality. Drawing lessons from international experience, It focuses on the key determinants of the success of the local governments, in the absence of which all the cosmetic attempts to betray institutional semblance to democratic decentralization will fall short of delivering welfare enhancing outcomes.

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  • Sharma, Chanchal Kumar, 2014. "Governance,Governmentality and Governability: Constraints and Possibilities of Decentralization in South Asia," MPRA Paper 61349, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 15 Jan 2015.
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    Keywords

    decentralization; South Asia; local governance; governmentality; governability; democracy;

    JEL classification:

    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • I0 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General

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