Institute for Social and Economic Change


M. Devendra Babu




Associate Professor and Head, Centre for Decentralisation and Development (CDD)

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Area of Specialisation

Rural Decentralisation; Rural Development and Public Economics

Academic Qualification
Ph.D. (Economics), Bangalore University

MA (Economics), Bangalore University

Selected Publications


  • Decentralised Governance and Planning: A Comparative Study in Three South Indian States (with Abdul Aziz, N Sivanna, Madhushree Sekher and C Charles Nelson), 2002, Macmillan, New Delhi.

  • Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Socio-Economic Upliftment Programmes) (Co-author), 1994, Ashish, New Delhi.


  • “Decentralised Planning in Karnataka: Realities and Prospects”, (Monograph No. 19), Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2010


  • Financial Empowerment of Local Governments in the Indian Context: A Myth or Fact? – A Macro Inquiry, Asian Studies Review, No.7, November 2009.

  • Decentralised Planning in India: Are the Panchayati Raj Institutions Really Empowered?, The Grassroots Governance Journal, No. 2, Vol. V, December 2007.

  • State Finance Commissions: Their Role and Impact on Local Government Finances - The Case of Karnataka, in M R Biju (Ed), `Financial Management of Panchayat Raj System', New Delhi, Kanishka, 2008.

  • `Decentralised Planning: Status in Karnataka’, in G Palanithurai (Ed.), Dynamics of New Panchayati Raj System in India, Concept, New Delhi, 2006.

  • `Management of Irrigation Tanks under Decentralised Governance: The Karnataka Experience’, in Yatindra Singh Sisodia (Ed.), `Functioning of Panchayat Raj System',Madhya Pradesh Institute of Social Science Research, Ujjain and Rawat, Jaipur, 2005

  • `Financial Relations between State and Local Governments: A Study of Karnataka State’ (with N Jayaramaiah), The Indian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. L, No. 3, 2004.

  • `Decentralisation: Status in Three South Indian States’, Journal of Karnataka Studies, Vol.1, No.2, 2004.

  • `Decentralisation and Devolution Criteria: The Position in Karnataka’, IASSI Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2003.

  • `Report of the Karnataka State Finance Commission: Status and Implications’ The Indian Journal of Economics, Vol. LXXXII, No. 326, 2002.

  • `Eleventh Finance Commission’s Recommendations and the Local Bodies: Impact Across the States’ Management in Government, Vol. XXXIV, No. 2, 2002.

  • ‘Governance, Planning and Development: The Case of PRIs in Karnataka’, Indian Journal of Regional Science, Vol. XXXIII, No. 2, 2001.

  • ‘State Level Public Sector Reforms - Status and Case Studies’, The Journal of Institute of Public Enterprise, Vol. 23, No.1 & 2, 2000.

Working Papers

  • 'Fiscal Empowerment of Panchayats in India: Real or Rhetoric?', No. 229, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2009.

  • 'Finances of Panchayats in Karnataka: A Policy Paper’, No. 143, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2004.

  • `Working of Gram Sabhas in Andhra Pradesh: Problems and Prospects’, No. 103, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2002.

Recent Research Projects Completed
  • Comprehensive District Development Plan for Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-12) - Bangalore Rural District (M Devendra Babu, B S Sreekantaradhya and D Rajasekher)

  • Decentralised Planning: Evidence from Karnataka, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2007.

  • A Study of Karnataka Schemes and Policies for Rural Development, Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation, (Co-author), Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, 2008.

Professional Society Memberships
  • The Indian Economic Association (Life Member)

  • Indian Regional Science Association (Annual Member)

  • The Andhra Pradesh Economic Association (Life Member)

M. Devendra Babu
Associate Professor and Head
Centre for
Decentralisation and Development
Institute for Social and Economic Change 
Nagarabhavi, Bangalore - 560 072, India. 
Tel. : 080- 23215468(works), 22295164(home)

Fax : 080-23217008
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