Devolution of Authority to local government institutions show considerable variation across states in India. This is in spite of the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution of India which mandates a more of less uniform structure of Panchayat Raj Institutions throughout the country. The persistence of variation in regard to the performance of PRIs needs to be explained with reference to factors which appear to be specific to the context of a State. A historical narrative tracing the evolution of devolution in a state throws light on that set of factors which has impacted, positively or otherwise, on the growth and performance of local government institutions. The present narrative dealing with the state of Karnataka approaches devolution within this overarching framework.
Delegation to Devolution: Karnataka. MIDS Working paper no. 184, Madras Institute of Developmental Studies, Chennai, India. 55 pp.