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.
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 facilitating political participation; Investigates how far the new democratic processes have reduced ethnic subordination, caste hierarchy, and gender injustice at the village level
Comprising individual case studies as well as comparative perspectives, this pioneering volume raises new issues of institution-building and socio-economic change vis-à-vis the right to participate. It will be of particular interest to political scientists, sociologists, and social activists.
Grass-roots Democracy: The Working of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh is one of the largest states in the Indian Union. It comprises the Telugu-speaking people who were one of the earliest to demand a linguistic state as they were separated and put under two different political systems—the Andhra region under colonial rule and the Telangana region under feudal princely rule in the eighteenth century (1776). The separate existence for about two centuries left its own impact on these two regions. It was only in 1956 that the two regions were merged to form the present state of Andhra Pradesh. This merger was based on the assumption that language constitutes one ...