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Grass-Roots Democracy in India and China
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Grass-Roots Democracy in India and China
The Right To Participate

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Manoranjan Mohanty - Distinguished Professor, Council for Social Development, New Delhi
  • George Mathew - Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi
  • Richard Baum - University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Rong Ma - Institute of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Beijing

February 2009 | 500 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Both India and China have experienced economic changes and growing social consciousness which have generated new challenges for local institutions. This volume closely studies the resultant grass-roots political experiences in these countries from an interdisciplinary perspective. It examines the process of democratisation and highlights the growing demands for participation and the complex power structures interjecting them.

The contributors to this volume discuss issues relating to institutional structures and the dynamics of local governance in a changing socio-economic environment that panchayati raj in India and village committee system in China represent. In addition to the political economy of rural areas, they also focus on the role of gender, caste, class, ethnicity and religion in local political processes.

 
Preface
Manoranjan Mohanty
Introduction: Local Governance, Local Democracy and the Right to Participate
 
PART I: INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURE AND LOCAL PARTICIPATION
George Mathew
Local Government System in India and China: Learning from Each Other
D. Bandyopadhyay, Saila K Ghosh and Buddhadeb Ghosh
Dependency versus Autonomy: The Identity Crisis of India's Panchayats
Xiaohong Zhou
Rural Political Participation in the Maoist and Post-Mao Periods
Tony Saich and Xuedong Yang
Selecting Within the Rules: Institutional Innovation in China's Governance
Richard Baum and Xin Zhang
'Civil Society' Revisited: The Anatomy of a Rural NGO in Qinghai
 
Changes in Local Administration and their Impact on Community Life in the Grasslands of Inner Mongolia
Rajendra Vora
Village Panchayats in Maharashtra
T. M. Thomas Isaac
Kerala's People's Plan Campaign 1996-2001: A Critical Assessment
B.S. Bhargava and K. Subha
Panchayati Raj System in Karnataka: Trends and Issues
 
PART II: LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND THE EMERGING SOCIO-ECONOMIC ISSUES
Kellee S. Tsai
Imperfect Substitutes: The Local Political Economy of Informal Finance and Microfinance in Rural China and India
Fei-Ling Wang
Stratification and Institutional Exclusion in China and India: Administrative Means versus Social Barriers
Bidyut Mohanty
Women and Local Power in India and China
M. Vanamala
Gender, Work and Power in an Andhra Village
David Zweig and Chung Siu Fung
Democracy, Good Governance and Economic Development in Rural China
G.Haragopal and G. Sudarshanam
Grass-roots Democracy: The Working of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Andhra Pradesh
Shengmin Yang
The Environment, the Family and Local Government among the Tajik People
Shaoying He
The Evolution and Function of the Kaxie System of the Lahu People in South-west China
Tanzen Lhundup
Social Change and the Development of Democracy in Local Governance in Tibet
Changjiang Yu
The Party, the Village Committee and the Monastery: Functions and Interactions of Three Institutions at the Grass Roots.
 
COMPARATIVE REFLECTIONS
Manoranjan Mohanty and Mark Selden
Reconceptualising Local Democracy: Reflections on Democracy, Power and Resistance in the Indian and Chinese Countryside
 
Index

This volume is the product of a collaborative research effort by scholars from India, China and the US analysing the experience of grass-roots political processes in India and China in a comparative perspective in the context of theoretical debates relating to participatory democracy.

Social Change

This book is successful to a great extent in examining and evaluating the process of democratiation and highlighting the growing demands for participations and complex power structures.

Development Alternatives

This volume closely studies the resultant grass-roots political experiences in these countries from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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