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Decentralised Governance and People's Participation: Lessons from West Bengal


  • Md. Nazrul Islam

    (Institute for social and Economic Change)

  • S N Sangita


It is proposed in this paper to examine the relationship between decentralised governance and people’s participation from empirical evidence. The present paper considers people’s participation as an important condition internal to decentralised governance. The study reveals that block planning committee (BPC) and convergent community action (CCA) initiated in decentralised governance which ensures people’s involvement in planning and implementation, enables mobilisation of village resources, and also ensures cooperation and network between households, leaders and officials. CCA holds important lessons for effective people’s participation in rural Bengal and elsewhere.

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  • Md. Nazrul Islam & S N Sangita, 2003. "Decentralised Governance and People's Participation: Lessons from West Bengal," Working Papers 131, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.
  • Handle: RePEc:sch:wpaper:131

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    1. Md Nazrul Islam, 2004. "Social Capital in Making Decentralised Governance Effective: A Study in West Bengal," Working Papers 141, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.


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