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Rural Local Governance and Development

Rural Local Governance and Development

  • Mahi Pal - former officer, Indian Economic Service
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January 2020 | 488 pages | SAGE Texts

A comprehensive textbook that explores the practical dimensions and the political dynamics of Panchayati Raj system and its impact on rural development in India.

Rural Local Governance and Development introduces its readers to the concept of governance and various aspects of the Panchayat Raj Institutions, including Panchayats in the Fifth Scheduled Areas and the institutional arrangements in the Sixth and other Scheduled Areas. The book also focusses on the role of voluntary and community-based organizations, along with the participation of vulnerable groups and their involvement in the implementation of various programmes and schemes, strategies and policy instruments in rural development.Covering wider aspects of rural governance and development, this book provides knowledge of how people, communities, institutions and PRIs plan and implement development in rural India. The balanced blend of both theory and field insights make this textbook relevant to not only students of public administration, political science and development administration but also practitioners, civil society actors and researchers.

Key Features:

• Analyses and links the complexities of rural governance with the challenges of development in contemporary India

• Draws extensively on author’s field experiences of working in villages and with grass-roots level institutions

• Each chapter aided by Main Points to Remember and review questions for classroom discussion


I. Rural Local Governance
Understanding Governance, Rural Local Governance and Rural Development
Evolution of Panchayati Raj in India
Working of Panchayati Raj in India
Provisions of the Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA)
Nyaya Panchayats in India
Inclusiveness of Panchayats
Civil Society Organizations and Rural Local Governance
II. Rural Development
Changing Strategies of Rural Development
Major Rural Development Programmes and Their Implementation
Convergence and Inter-Sectoral Linkages of Programmes
Decentralized Planning
Training and Capacity Development
Delivery of Health and Educational Services
Way Forward for Effective Rural Local Governance


“The author made the book as a contemporary relevant and important source for the beginners of local governance by incorporating recent developments of policy and governance… one must appreciate the efforts of the author in providing a crispy literature on the local governance in India. It certainly has an academic as well as an empirical importance.”

Professor E. Venkatesu
Department of Political Science, Hyderabad Central University, Hyderbad

Mahi Pal

Dr Mahi Pal is a former officer of Indian Economic Service. During his service, he worked in various ministries and institutions in different capacities. He retired from the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) where he was engaged in policy and planning matters relating to rural development. Before joining MoRD, he was with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and studied state of panchayats across the states and Union Territories. He also worked in the then Planning Commission, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. In between, for five years, he was on deputation as a faculty in... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353287207