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Participation and power: poor people's engagement with India's Employment Assurance Scheme

Williams, Glyn, Véron, René, Corbridge, Stuart and Srivastava, Manoj (2003) Participation and power: poor people's engagement with India's Employment Assurance Scheme. Development and Change, 34 (1). pp. 163-192. ISSN 0012-155X

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Abstract

‘Participation’ has become an essential part of good developmental practice for Southern governments, NGOs and international agencies alike. In this article we reflect critically on this shift by investigating how a ‘participatory’ development programme — India's Employment Assurance Scheme (EAS) — intersects with poor people's existing social networks. By placing the formalized process of participation in the EAS within the context of these varied and uneven village–level relationships, we raise a number of important issues for participatory development practice. We note the importance of local power brokers and the heterogeneity of ‘grassroots’ (dis)empowerment, and question ideas of power reversals used within the participatory development literature.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/DECH
Additional Information: © 2003 Institute of Social Studies
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
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
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2008
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/3566/

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