The project’s central research question is: to what extent do
initiatives to make local governance more participatory enhance poor
people's opportunities for political empowerment?
Looking at West Bengal and Kerala, Indian States internationally
recognised for innovation in decentralised governance, it examines poor
people's use of the formal opportunities they have for participation
within the local state. This ‘invited participation’ is examined within
the context of the social relations reproducing poverty and
marginalisation, and informal structures of authority and power, both of
which reshape governance reforms away from their intended practice.
Through this grounded comparative study, it provides wider lessons about
the opportunities and limitations for building poor people’s political
empowerment and substantive citizenship through programmes of governance
Williams, G; Nanddigama, S; Thampi, B.; Bhattacharyya, D.; Narayana, D. Embedding poor people’s voices in local governance: participation and political empowerment in India. End of Grant Report. (2011) 8 pp.
Embedding poor people’s voices in local governance: participation and political empowerment in India. End of Grant Report.