DECENTRALISED GOVERNANCE AND PEOPLE'S
PARTICIPATION: LESSONS FROM WEST BENGAL
Md. Nazrul Islam
S. N. Sangita
AbstractIt is proposed in this paper to examine the relationship between decentralised governance and peoples participation from empirical evidence. The present paper considers peoples participation as an important condition internal to decentralised governance. The study reveals that block planning committee (BPC) and convergent community action (CCA) initiated in decentralised governance which ensures peoples involvement in planning and implementation, enables mobilisation of village resources, and also ensures cooperation and network between households, leaders and officials. CCA holds important lessons for effective peoples participation in rural Bengal and elsewhere.