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Manoranjan Mohanty

In: Grass-Roots Democracy in India and China: The Right to Participate

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Introduction: Local Governance, Local Democracy and the Right to Participate
Introduction: Local governance, local democracy and the right to participate
ManoranjanMohanty
Two Perspectives on Local Government

Aspirations for grass-roots democracy have acquired universal recognition during the past quarter century. In recent years, however, local self-governance has emerged as the new mantra of the forces of globalisation and liberalisation. There are two divergent perspectives on local governance: one sees it as an arena for transforming an unequal local society into a democratic community; while the other treats it as an agency or a channel to implement centrally-formulated policies and programmes. The former evokes the ideas of Gandhi, trying to reinvent the vision of gram swaraj or village-level self-rule or villagers’ self-determination in the course of people's struggle for freedom. ...

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