Devolution of power to the Grassroots Level: Some Key Issues(P-25)

Devolution of power to the Grassroots Level: Some Key Issues(P-25)

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  • Saturday | 05 Feb, 2000
  • Shahrukh Rafi Khan
  • Policy Briefs/Papers
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Abstract This paper demonstrates two main points. First, that local bodies elections is not a simple straight forward exercise in devolving power to the grass roots level for the better delivery of services via participation and self-management. To be really effective, such an exercise would, at a minimum, entail assets redistribution, civil service, electoral and judicial reform. Second, given the commercialization of elections, particularly at the local level, it might be best to finesse the current focus on local bodies elections at the district level and proceed straight to a devolution of financial and administrative authority to the level at which the service is to be delivered.