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Ambiguous Institutions: Traditional Governance and Local Democracy in Rural South India

Published on 1 April 2010

In India, ‘customary village councils’ are generally believed to be disappearing vestiges of a pre-democratic, hierarchical socio-political order. However, while remaining informal and maintaining a low public profile, in Karnataka state they are actively taking on new roles, adapting to the democratic, competitive political environment, becoming more representative and pluralist, and providing a wide range of services that are highly valued by the populations they serve. The relationship of customary village councils to the formal, elected local councils (Grama Panchayats) – and to electoral democracy generally – is more synergistic and complementary than competitive.

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Mick Moore

Professorial Fellow

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AnanthPur, K. and Moore, M.P.
journal
Journal of Development Studies, volume 46, issue 4

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