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Expanding people’s might—putting social infrastructure into the hands of the community:investigation into a village community

Kumar, Arun (2008) Expanding people’s might—putting social infrastructure into the hands of the community:investigation into a village community. International Journal of Rural Management, 4 (1-2). pp. 129-152. ISSN 0973-0052

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Abstract

There is increasing evidence of the social infrastructure failing the rural poor. In view of the failure of the responsible agency to deliver on various fronts; it is essential to examine possible solutions to bridge the gaps in the provision of social infrastructure and services. Possible solutions like technological innovation and social mobilization through communitarian responses present challenges in replication and extension. Greater centralization or decentralization to address service delivery failure is limited, in that, it is known to lead to entrenchment of power-- either at the global or local levels. These limitations enforce the quest for alternatives. This article presents one such alternative-of expanding people's control, by transferring infrastructure directly into the hands of the people, through community organizations. It also explores the necessary amendments and regulations that need be made before such transference takes place; and the necessary caveats.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Rural Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Organisation, Work & Technology
ID Code: 59668
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Oct 2012 17:01
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:17
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59668

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