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Both India and China have experienced economic changes that have generated new challenges for local institutions. This volume closely studies the resultant grass-roots political experiences in these countries from an interdisciplinary perspective. It examines the process of democratization and highlights the growing demands for participation and the complex power structures interjecting them.

The contributors to this volume discuss issues relating to institutional structures and the dynamics of local governance in a changing socio-economic environment. In addition to the political economy of rural areas, they also focus on the role of gender, ethnicity, and religion in local political processes.

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Outlines how institutional innovation has evolved in both countries; Highlights the impact of the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution (in India) and the Organic Law (in China) in ...

The Evolution and Function of the Kaxie System of the Lahu People in South-West China
The evolution and function of the kaxie system of the lahu people in South-West China
The Lahus and Nanduan Village: An Introduction

The Lahu people are an ethnic group with a long history and splendid culture. As recorded in literature, the Lahus are descendents of the ancient Qiang people, who lived in the areas of Gansu and Qinghai. According to some historical materials, this people first appeared as a unitary group in the Tang Dynasty (619–907 AD). In the late Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD), the Lahus emigrated southward from the Erhai area along two routes. In Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 AD) and the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911 AD), they settled down in the forests ...

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