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Social Capital in Making Decentralised Governance Effective: A Study in West Bengal

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  • Md Nazrul Islam

    (Institute for social and Economic Change)

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Social capital has begun to generate a remarkable consensus regarding the role and importance of social organisations in making decentralised governance effective. This paper proposes to understand the possible role of social capital in the context of a field study. The study shows that there is correlation between social capital and decentralised governance and suggests that the formation of social capital is necessary and can be done by extending aid to self-help groups, NGOs, and cooperative organisations

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  • 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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    Decentralization; Social Capital; West Bengal;

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