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Governance, Conflict and Development in South Asia
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Governance, Conflict and Development in South Asia
Perspectives from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka

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© 2015 | 308 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

This volume examines how various forms of governance have emerged in South Asia after colonialism, and the developmental and conflict-related challenges the region faces. Drawing from the contexts of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, it highlights the degree of institutionalization of democracy.

The book further points to the manner in which shortcomings in governmental arrangements intersect with the prevalence of conflict at the national as well as sub-national levels. It showcases that democratic and more authoritarian cultures have influenced developmental successes and failures, and reveals how (external) interventions and policy reforms in the name of  development have led to diverse outcomes in different South Asian countries.

 
 
Preface
Siri Hettige and Eva Gerharz
Introduction: Governance, Development and Conflict in South Asia
 
I: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON DEVELOPMENT AND GOVERNANCE
Ravinder Kaur and Vinod K Jairath
‘Participation’ and ‘Empowerment’ in the Development Discourse: Rethinking Key Concepts
Dilip M Menon
The Idea of Development as Governance: India in the First Decade of Independence
 
II: EXPERIENCING DEVELOPMENT AND CONFLICT AT NATIONAL LEVEL
Siri Hettige
Governance and Development in Post-Independence Sri Lanka
David N Gellner
Rituals of Democracy and Development in Nepal
 
III: GOVERNANCE, CONFLICT AND DEVELOPMENT: EXPERIENCE AT THE GRASSROOTS
Natalie Hicks
Negotiating a Dual Governance System during the Conflict in Nepal
B B Mohanty
Empowerment of Excluded Groups: Local Democracy and Social Change in Rural Odisha, Eastern India
Eva Gerharz
Between Order and Chaos: Jaffna’s Local Images of Governance during Conflict
 
IV: IDEAS AND INTERESTS IN GOVERNANCE AND DEVELOPMENT IN CONFLICT-RIDDEN SOCIETIES
Acharya Laxman
Economic Growth to Conflict Mitigation: Changing Aid Strategies of Nepal’s Donors
Dileepa Witharana
Good Governance and Development in a Shrinking Local Policy Space: GATS and Service Sector Reforms
 
Glossary
 
Index

[The book] deals with a variety of issues…. Does not falter anywhere, rather it helps one to ponder on the problems that infest South Asia.

The Tribune, 15th November 2015

“[The book] deals with a variety of issues…. Does not falter anywhere, rather it helps one to ponder on the problems that infest South Asia” 

The Tribune

The book is a unique attempt by the authors to look at the issues of governance and development through the prism of conflict and political instability…overall, the case studies of India, Sri Lanka and Nepal discussed in the book are representative of the development and good governance situation in South Asia.

Social Change,
Vol 46 (Issue 4), December 2016

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ISBN: 9789351501008
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