Political Articulation and Accountability in Decentralisation: Theory and Evidence from India

Chhatre, A (2008) Political Articulation and Accountability in Decentralisation: Theory and Evidence from India. Conservation and Society, 6 (1). pp. 12-23.



New institutions created through decentralisation policies around the world, notwithstanding the rhetoric, are often lacking in substantive democratic content. New policies for decentralised natural resource management have transferred powers to a range of local authorities, including private associations, customary authorities and non-governmental organisations (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 characterise the relationship between citizens and elected representatives and argues that accountability in decentralisation cannot be conceptualized or analyzed separately from the accountability of higher institutions of representation and governance. The empirical analysis of the article uses the experience of a World Bank-funded Eco-development Project in Himachal Pradesh, India, to generate insights into the role of political articulation in analyzing decentralisation reforms.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Chhatre, Ahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-5374-7867
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Additional Information: The research paper was published by the author with the affiliation of University of Illinois.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Political Articulation, Institutional Choice, Local Government, Decentralisation, Ecodevelopment, South Asia
Subjects: Economics
Socio Political System
Depositing User: Ilayaraja M
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 15:40
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 15:40
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/984
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