Decentralisation, Corruption and Social Capital: From India to the West

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    This book has been written as part of a research project financed by Sida/Sarec, the Swedish Research Council and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Uppsala University. I am very grateful for their support. The research has been carried out in cooperation with the Department of Government, Uppsala University, the Institute of Social Sciences in New Delhi, Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) in New Delhi, Debate in Bhopal, the Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research in Ujjain, Samarthan in Bhopal, Health Action by People (HAP) in Thiruvananthapuram and the University of Kerala, also in Thiruvananthapuram. I wish to express my gratitude for the support and help received in this project from colleagues in India, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. In India, I received invaluable help from George Mathew, Satinder Singh Sahni, R.S. Gautam, R. Gopalakrishnan, Anand Inbanathan, Jacob Kattakayam, Raman Kutty, Yogesh Kumar, Dinesh C. Sah and Surendra Kumar Jena. In Sweden I am particularly indebted to Sten Ottosson and Johan Carlberg who assisted me in compiling the information and who added analytical insights to several of the historical examples discussed. I am also grateful to Karl-Oskar Lindgren, Frida Widmalm, Christer Karlsson, Peter Knutar, Staffan Smedby, Ingmar Nevéus, Hans Blomkvist, Sven-Erik Svärd, Karl-Göran Algotsson Sverker Gustavsson, Axel Hadenius, Jan Teorell, Kåre Vernby, Sven Oskarsson, Ellen Almgren, Hanna Bäck, Per Pettersson Lidbom and Anders Westholm. In the United States, I received many valuable comments from Ramsay MacMullen and Philip Oldenburg, who took the time to comment on an early version of the manuscript. James Manor in the United Kingdom and Bikram Singh and Shastri Ramachandran in India provided support and inspiration for the project in its earliest phase. And for the last 10 years, Bernard Vowles has helped me to make research proposals for this project readable and more coherent. I am very grateful for that.

    I also wish to thank the anonymous reviewer and all the encouragement from SAGE, in particular Ashok R. Chandran and Samprati Pani, who gave strong and professional support for this project. Finally, but not least, I want to thank my family—Frida, Vera, Irma and Aina for all their love; Ulla, Sven-Erik, Sven, Anders and Marianne. And thank you so much Katarina Eklund for backing up me and my family when we needed it most.

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    About the Author

    Sten Widmalm is Associate Professor and the Director of the master's programme in Development Studies at the Department of Government at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. He has worked extensively on politics in South Asia and is currently working on a project funded by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Uppsala University on ‘Tolerance and Governance in India, Pakistan, Kenya and Uganda’.

    He has authored the book Kashmir in Comparative Perspective—Democracy and Violent Separatism in India and has contributed articles to journals such as Asian Survey, Comparative Political Studies, India Review, The Journal of Civil Society and The Journal of Peace Research as well as chapters in several books on South Asia.


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