ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Deepening Democracy and Local Governance

Challenges before Kerala

Kerala's decentralised experience has demonstrated that democracy is more than just balloting. But deepening democracy is a continuous quest for justice and freedom. While participatory democracy has powerful theoretical arguments, its empirical basis continues to be weak. This article explores how far local governance in Kerala has deepened democratic practice and argues that the local governance system in the state needs to be reformed and redefined.

A summary of the keynote address delivered at the opening session of the International Conference on Deepening Democracy through Local Governance (19-21 January 2014) organised by the Government of Kerala at Thiruvananthapuram

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