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Enhancing pro-poor governance in Eastern India: participation, politics and action research

Williams, Glyn, Srivastava, Manoj, Corbridge, Stuart and Véron, René (2003) Enhancing pro-poor governance in Eastern India: participation, politics and action research. Progress in Development Studies, 3 (2). pp. 159-178. ISSN 1464-9934

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Identification Number: 10.1191/1464993403ps059ra


This paper uses the experience of a recent programme of action research in Eastern India to reflect on the use of participatory ideals within governance reform. In a situation where there are profound difficulties in local governance, it assesses the potential for participatory forms of stakeholder engagement to begin a process of reform. It criticizes views of reform put forward by both the World Bank and Robert Chambers, and argues instead that critical self-reflection and the construction of alliances among a variety of reform-minded actors are important first steps in building political capabilities to challenge structural blockages to pro-poor governance.

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Additional Information: © 2003 Sage Publications
Divisions: International Development
Geography & Environment
Asia Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Sets: Research centres and groups > Director's Management Team
Departments > International Development
Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 01:32

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