Democracy, Competition and Choice: Emerging Local Self-Government in Nepal
"This is the first comprehensive analysis of the new democratic set-up in Nepal as seen from the perspective of both the local authorities and the people themselves. It will be of interest to those in the fields of political science, public administration, development studies, and South Asian studies." --Development and Cooperation Several governments in the third world have committed themselves to delegating more power to local authorities. In 1992 Nepal joined these countries by creating democratically elected local government bodies at the district and village levels. The objective was to make local government institutions more attentive to the people's needs and better capable of planning and implementing development activities. This book reviews the new policies on decentralization in Nepal and investigates how and to what extent they have so far been implemented. Major obstacles at the national and local levels are identified, and proposals are put forward for more efficient decentralization strategies aimed at strengthening the new local authorities within a democratic framework. This is the first comprehensive analysis of the new democratic setup in Nepal as seen from the perspective of both the local authorities and the people themselves. Democracy, Competition, and Choice will be of interest to those in the fields of political science, public administration, development economics, development studies, and South Asian studies.
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areas assessment assigned assistance linkages authorities in Nepal base-line surveys basic capacities cent central government chapter cooperation coordination criteria DDC Act DDCs and VDCs decentralisation policies democracy Department development activities Development Committee devolution district development plan district level district offices elected bodies elected representatives ensure fiscal transfers foreign donor agencies forests formal functions funds further government acts government institutions gross domestic product guidelines income infrastructure development institutional and financial institutional set-up involved Kathmandu large number legal framework line agency offices line ministries locally elected major manpower municipalities National Planning Commission needs NGDOs NGOs non-government organisations organisations panchayat period party political powers prepared present priorities private sector procedures programmes projects proposals resource mobilisation responsibilities role Rupandehi district rural Sample DDCs secretary self-government service delivery service provision staff stipulations strategy strengthening subsidiarity UNDP user groups utilisation village level World Bank