DECENTRALISED GOVERNANCE, TRANSPARENCY
AND ACCOUNTABILITY: EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE
FROM WEST BENGAL
Md. Nazrul Islam
Abstract Decentralised governance has been conceived as an instrument for promoting development. It is expected to facilitate effective peoples participation, enhance degree of transparency and ensure greater accountability. This paper examines the relationship between decentralised governance and transparency as well as accountability in the light of empirical evidence. The study reveals that transparency and accountability can be enhanced at the grass roots level by strengthening institutions of decentralised governance, ensuring peoples participation and accumulation of social capital.