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Enhancing pro-poor governance in Eastern India: participation, politics and action research

By Glyn Williams, Manoj Srivastava, Stuart Corbridge and René Véron


This paper uses the experience of a recent programme of action research in Eastern India to reflect on the use of participatory ideals within governance reform. In a situation where there are profound difficulties in local governance, it assesses the potential for participatory forms of stakeholder engagement to begin a process of reform. It criticizes views of reform put forward by both the World Bank and Robert Chambers, and argues instead that critical self-reflection and the construction of alliances among a variety of reform-minded actors are important first steps in building political capabilities to challenge structural blockages to pro-poor governance

Topics: HC Economic History and Conditions, JC Political theory, JQ Political institutions Asia
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2003
DOI identifier: 10.1191/1464993403ps059ra
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:3491
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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