In recent years, Nepal has been anything but stable. Since 1996, the country has experienced ten years of civil war, violent protest over the ethnic and regional inequalities, the dissolution of elected local bodies and has transformed from a monarchy to a republic and from a unitary to a federal state. This study aims to better understand how the Nepali state’s stability and legitimacy is challenged or strengthened. We explore the state’s legitimacy in the Terai/Madhesh region of Nepal, using data from Bardiya in western Terai and Dhanusha in eastern Terai.
This research is part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) programme
Cummings, C. and Babu Paudel, S. (2019) Services and legitimacy: Everyday experiences of the state in Nepal’s Terai region. Working paper. London: Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium.
Services and legitimacy: everyday experiences of the state in Nepal’s Terai region