ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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The Experience of Gujarat in India

Have Economic Reforms Trumped Democratic Decentralisation?

Can economic reforms and democratic devolution go together? Can the prevailing political-economy ensure a balance between the two forms of decentralisation? The paper attempts to examine these questions with reference to Gujarat in western India. Based on a critical analysis of the interrelationship between the nature of devolution and economic reforms, it is argued that the latter seems to have triumphed over democratic decentralisation. A minimum guaranteed devolution to local governments in the constitution is suggested as a safeguard against the vicissitudes of state-level politics. 

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Updated On : 5th Apr, 2020


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