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Does Civil Society Matter?

Does Civil Society Matter?
Governance in Contemporary India

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December 2016 | 380 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This volume explores and analyses civil society initiatives which address and impact on issues of good governance. It makes a cogent case for broadening the conceptualisation of governance so as to rescue it from the widely prevalent view that governance is the sole responsibility of the state. The contributors argue that people must be given the space to decide what is good for them and for defining their version of governance

The volume is divided in two sections. The first part deals with conceptual and theoretical issues concerning the interface between civil society and governance. Among the important aspects discussed are:

- the concept of civil society as a third sphere

- establishing a balance between the state, the market and civil society

- the ways in which ordinary citizens can make the state accountable

The second part presents five case studies of assertions in the sphere of civil society which substantiate the theoretical insights presented in the first section. This empirical evidence relates to:

- the Chilika Bachao Andolan in Orissa

- the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha

- dalit assertions in the Meerut region of Uttar Pradesh

- the struggle of the pavement dwellers in Mumbai to be accorded a place in civil society

- the fight of Kol tribals in Uttar Pradesh to secure the rights provided to them by the state

Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction: Civil Society and Governance: Issues and Problematics

Rajesh Tandon and Ranjita Mohanty
Neera Chandhoke
I: A Critique of the Notion of Civil Society as the `Third Sphere`
The Civil Society-Governance Interface: An Indian Perspective

Rajesh Tandon
The Crisis of Governance

Jayaprakash Narayan
Civil Society and the Goal of Good Governance

T K Oommen
Corruption and the Right to Information

Harsh Mander
Ranjita Mohanty
II: Save the Chilika Movement: Interrogating the State and the Market
When the Voiceless Speak: A Case Study of the Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha

Neera Chandhoke
Democratic Governance, Civil Society and Dalit Protest

Sudha Pai and Ram Narayan
A View from the Subalterns: The Pavement Dwellers of Mumbai

Bishnu N Mohapatra
Land Distribution for Kol Tribals in Uttar Pradesh

B K Joshi



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ISBN: 9780761996859