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Accountability in Decentralization and the Democratic Context: Theory and Evidence from India

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dc.contributor.author Chhatre, Ashwini en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:17:43Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:17:43Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-02-04 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2008-02-04 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4477
dc.description.abstract "New institutions created through decentralization policies around the world, notwithstanding the rhetoric, are often lacking in substantive democratic content. New policies for decentralized natural resource management have transferred powers to a range of local authorities, including private associations, customary authorities, and NGOs. Scholars see such transfers as detrimental to the legitimacy of local democratic institutions, leading to a fragmentation of local authority and dampening prospects for democratic consolidation. In much of this critique, however, there is limited attention to the wider democratic context (or lack thereof) and its effect on local governments. This article develops the concept of political articulation to characterize the relationship between citizens and elected representatives, and argues that accountability in decentralization cannot be conceptualized or analyzed separately from the accountability of higher institutions of representation and governance. The empirical analysis of the paper uses the experience of World Bank-funded Ecodevelopment Project in Himachal Pradesh, India, to generate insights into the role of political articulation in analyzing decentralization reforms." en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Representation, Equity and Environment Working Papers: WP #23 en_US
dc.subject decentralization en_US
dc.subject democracy en_US
dc.subject natural resources en_US
dc.subject resource management en_US
dc.title Accountability in Decentralization and the Democratic Context: Theory and Evidence from India en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries World Resources Institute, Washington DC, USA en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.submitter.email aurasova@indiana.edu en_US

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