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Political economy of panchayats in South India

Besley, Timothy, Pande, Rohini and Rao, Vijayendra (2007) Political economy of panchayats in South India. Economic and Political Weekly, 42 (8). pp. 661-666. ISSN 0012-9976

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Based on a study of some 500 villages in the four southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, this paper examines how the functioning of the panchayat system mandated by the 73rd amendment to the Constitution has had an impact on the economic status of villages and the households within them. The study finds that gram panchayats, created by this massive experiment in democratic decentralisation, have had an effect on the delivery of public services, for example, in the targeting of beneficiaries of welfare programmes, but also that positive outcomes are linked to the political elites thrown up by the system.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Sameeksha Trust
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H1 - Structure and Scope of Government > H11 - Structure, Scope, and Performance of Government
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R1 - General Regional Economics > R11 - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, and Changes
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2011 15:49
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 02:27

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