Local Governance and Rural Empowerment: Trends and Challenges

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  • Author :M.R. Biju
  • Year of Publication :2015
  • ISBN: :9789351251828
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: LIV, 310
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Developmental Studies, Panchayati Raj, Political Science, Public Administration, Rural Development

About the Book :

The Constitution of India provides a clear mandate for democratic decentralisation not only through the Directive Principles of State Policy which exhorts the State to promote Panchayati Raj Institutions but more specifically now through the 73rd and 74th Amendments of the Constitution which seek to create an institutional framework for ushering in grassroots democracy through the medium of genuinely selfgoverning local bodies in both urban and rural areas of the country. However, despite the constitutional mandate, the growth of selfgoverning local bodies as the third tier of governance in the country has been uneven, halting and slow. Even after the passing of the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments, the transfer of funds, functions and functionaries has been nominal in most States with notable exceptions such as Kerala. Today, the extent to which decentralisation has actually taken place differs from state to state. Each state enacts its own legislation on decentralisation, which has to conform to the principles of the 73rd and 74th Constitutional Amendments. This leaves considerable scope for States to either devolve substantial powers to the local governance bodies or to limit devolution to the required minimum to meet the constitutional enactment.
Keeping this background in view, this book attempts to address the issues pertaining to various aspects of Local Governance and Rural Empowerment.

About Author :

M. R. Biju, currently working as Dean, School of Social Sciences, Dean, School of Legal Studies and Head of the Department of Public Administration and Policy Studies, Central University of Kerala, Kasaragode. He is the Chairperson of the PG Board of Studies and also serving as Member of the Court of the University. Dr. Biju is the Editor of South Asian Journal of Socio-Political Studies (SAJOSPS) and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Political Science (IJOPS) is a prolific writer on socio-political and developmental issues. He has published over twenty-nine (29) books, one hundred and sixty (160) research papers, seventeen [17] book chapters, and reviewed over nine hundred books for South Asian Journal of Socio-Political Studies. His teaching and research experience, spanning more than 25 years, includes several achievements such as completion of three major research projects funded by Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India and University Grants Commission, New Delhi and the post-doctoral fellowship awarded by the UGC in 2004. He has also successfully guided doctoral students of the University of Kerala.
Dr. M.R. Biju is one of the widely cited writers in the field of Social Sciences with 161 citations and H-index of 6 and i10 index of 3. As per UGC Regulations of 2010, 2013 and 2016 Dr. Biju possess a total API Score of 3914 with API Cap of 3739 as on 1.1.2017.