February 20, 2018 07:39 PM

Chandigarh  (Face2News) 

ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre in association with Centre for Competitive Examinations, Panjab University organised a special lecture, here today by Professor Satyajit Singh of Delhi University on Public Institutions and Governance in Village India. 

Professor Singh in his presentation examined the political economy of how institutional designs for governance are created, and the role of local politics in shaping institutions. While some recent approaches to governance and decentralization are normative, economistic, and technocratic, the importance of the political is underlined. It studies the different architectures of decentralization, based on multiple ideas and values on the ground. The idea of the political in

decentralization establishes that unlike uniform normative outcomes, diverse local institutions lead to different outcomes as they interface with micro politics of various hues. Drawing empirical evidence from the forestry and water sectors in India, it argues that it is in the creation of decentralized institutions, and in the political economy of their functioning, that outcome paths of decentralization—democratic, devolutionary, and accountable (the good) or the new forms of recentralization and deconcentration (the not so good), are determined. Drawing from his field experiences from Villages especially the institutions of Van Panchayats in Uttarakhand, Professor Singh insisted that both institutional design as well as inputs from the indigenous people is critical for meeting the goals of development administration. 

Professor Satyajit Singh has authored The Local in Governance: Politics, Decentralization & Environment (OUP, 2016); Taming the Waters: The Political Economy of Large Dams in India (OUP 1997); (co-ed) The Dam and the Nation: Displacement and Resettlement in the Narmada Valley (OUP, 1997); (co-ed) Decentralisation: Institutions and Politics in Rural India (OUP, 2007). 

The lecture was presided by Professor Manoj Arora, Director, PEC. Professor Ramanjit Johal, Director Research, Panjab University was the guest of honour. Professor Sanjay Kaushik Director, ICSSR welcomed the guests.

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