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Gram Swaraj: Experiment in Direct Democracy

Amitabh Behar
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 36, No. 10 (Mar. 10-16, 2001), pp. 823-826
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4410370
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Abstract

The state government has initiated a bold experiment in local self-government by amending the panchayat raj legislation to devolve powers to the village-level gram sabha. What does the new legislation envisage? How effective will it be in bridging the gap between people and structures of governance?

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