Gender Justice | Magazine Articles | VOL. 14, ISSUE 82, January-February 2014 |

Engendering local governance

‘The most stringent test of any exercise in democratic decentralisation is, of course, the actual powers and functions that are devolved to democratic institutions at the local level. We see that it is in only a handful of states—Kerala, Karnataka and West Bengal, that significant or complete devolution has been achieved…. and suggest that if women are adequately empowered through a political process, they would have enhanced capabilities for decision making, which, in turn, would be reflected in the quality...

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