Sociology of Decision-making: A Case Study of Integrated Rural Development Programme in Pakistan


This study deals with describing and analyzing the Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP) in Pakistan. Its main objective is to elucidate some of the subtle obstacles that hindered the project from reaching its full potential. In this regard, formulation, implementation and evaluation of different development programmes at gross-root level are discussed. Therein, certain managerial issues, such as participation at gross-root level, coordination, cooperation, motivation, commitment, self-help, delivery of services at rural areas, political intervention and bureaucratic hurdles, are brought at forefront by citing few examples in which challenges have been faced more prominently and which can be used for classroom discussion. One of the critical obstacles relevant to the understanding of this programme, as many others, involves a focus on the sociology of decision-making. It is hoped that the case study would facilitate the readers to have an understanding of the rural development process in Pakistan at a micro level.

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