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Inclusion and Exclusion in Local Governance
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Inclusion and Exclusion in Local Governance
Field Studies from Rural India

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January 2009 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book brings together rich field studies from 42 panchayats in 12 states, to show how decentralization is working in Indian villages. It analyzes the social, political, and economic forces influencing variations in the degree of empowerment of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and women and looks at likely future developments. The research methodology used brings insights from a micro approach instead of macro-level generalities.

B S Baviskar and George Mathew
Introduction
B S Baviskar
Including the Excluded, Empowering the Powerless through Panchayati Raj in Maharashtra
B B Mohanty
Power to the Excluded Groups and Panchayati Raj in Coastal Orissa
Vinod K. Jairath and Srinivas Sajja
Negotiating with Empowerment: Panchayati Raj in Andhra Pradesh
Manasendu Kundu
Panchayati Raj or Party Raj?: Understanding the Nature of Local Government in West Bengal
S R Ahlawat and Neerja Ahlawat
On the Floor and Behind the Veil: The Excluded in the Panchayati Raj in Haryana
B S Bhargava and K Subha
Including the Excluded through Panchayati Raj in Karnataka
T G Suresh
Understanding Grassroots Power and Excluded Communities in Kerala
Lalita Chandrashekhar
Caste, Party and Democratic Decentralization in Karnataka
L Thara Bhai
Gender, Caste and Politics in Rural Tamil Nadu
N Vijaylakshmi Brara
'Brushed Under The Carpet': Inclusion and Exclusion in Manipur
R B Patil
Changing Power Relations through Panchayats in Maharashtra
Santosh Singh
Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion in Uttar Pradesh
Shashi Bhushan Singh
Devolution of Power through Panchayats in Rajasthan
Satyakam Joshi
Local Governance and Social Change in Gujarat
 
Index

This collection of studies of local government institutions in twelve Indian states provides valuable insights into decentralisation processes in India. The volume’s contribution to the literature is rooted in its analysis of the social and political variations identified across the twelve states studied, and the common trends that link them together.

Journal of South Asian Development

Charts, tables, and case studies are used and succeed in making the book comprehensive and illustrative… the comprehensive study based on primary data, detailed fieldwork and scientific data analysis provides comprehensive inputs on the inclusion and exclusion in local governance in India. The book is therefore, an exceptionally insightful account of the nation-wide attempt at decentralization in India and its impact on the excluded group and their inclusion in the rural power structure… It will be of substantial interest to students, researchers, academicians, decision-makers, elected members of the PRIS and those working at the grass-roots.

Economic & Political Weekly

Inclusion and Exclusion in Local Governance is remarkably insightful. The book, comprising 16 studies from 14 states, captures the ground reality in India’s villages.

Civil Society

The volume is an eye-opener…. Based on solid field data, the book provides meaningful inputs with regard to “inclusion and exclusion in local governance” in India…The findings of the survey may not be unique since they conform to the prevalent ideas; what is however commendable about the study is the confirmation of these ideas, based on mere assumption, by data, drawn out of stringent field survey. And this is what makes the book a class by itself.

The Pioneer

The book has many strengths — detailed field work and scientific data analysis being the obvious ones. The panchayati raj institutions presents a complex mosaic that can be understood only when they are viewed with nuanced lens. This is precisely what the book has attempted to do…The book will serve as a necessary references for serious researchers, policy planners and all those interested in grassroots democracy for quite some time to come.

The Tribune

The fourteen case studies…brought together by Baviskar and Mathew, are best seen as meticulous snapshots of a complex, dynamic process of growing enfranchisement, contested by a hierarchic social structure and dominant social groups. The narratives, replete with firsthand observations of what really goes on beyond the national highways and the electronic media, are a veritable treasure trove for those keen on understanding how public life actually takes place in India’s villages…. an entertaining, enlightening, enriching narrative.

Pacific Affairs

This book is a product of laudable effort. The sociological methodology adopted is very well suited to study the subject under consideration. Rich with details of everyday difficulties involved in the process of inclusion...the book can very well serve as a bench mark for a study down a couple of decades later. 
Journal of Social and Economic Development, Vol 14, July- December 2013

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