30 June 2017

New publication: Under what conditions can local government nurture indigenous people’s democratic practice?: A case study of two Ho village assemblies in Jharkhand

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Authors: Siddharth Sareen, Iben Nathan
This paper asks whether and under what conditions participatory local government can best nurture indigenous peoples’ democratic practice. Based on fieldwork in two similar Ho communities in the Indian state Jharkhand, we show that their village assemblies function differently with regard to meetings, wood access regulation, development projects, and participation. Neither prevents exclusion and co- option. This supports the argument that while local governments can hardly challenge existing power structures, they can under certain conditions nurture democratic practice and democratisation. Our study indicates that high literacy, social cohesion, active state support, and proactive leadership are conditions under which this best happens.
Original language English
Journal The Journal of Development Studies
ISSN 0022-0388


State E-pub ahead of print - 23 May 2017