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T. M. Thomas Isaac

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Chapter 8: Kerala's People's Plan Campaign 1996–2001: A Critical Assessment

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Kerala's People's Plan Campaign 1996–2001: A Critical Assessment
Kerala's people's plan campaign 1996–2001: A critical assessment
T.M. ThomasIsaac
Introduction: The Logic of the Campaign

The People's Plan Campaign (PPC) in Kerala (1996–2001) was a unique experiment in democratic decentralisation. The PPC represented far more than a simple devolution of resources and powers to lower-level elected bodies. It transformed decentralisation from a mere administrative reform exercise from above into a social movement. The PPC was in effect an acceptance of the fact that sufficient institutional capacity did not exist at the local level proportional to the unprecedented scale of devolution. First, the social mobilisation was intended to empower the local bodies to draw up local plans and utilise substantial financial resources and powers devolved to them. Second, the PPC ...

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