Basic Social Services for All? Ensuring Accountability Through Deep Democratic Decentralisation

Mehrotra, Santosh (2002) Basic Social Services for All? Ensuring Accountability Through Deep Democratic Decentralisation Technical Report. UNDP.

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Abstract

The once-in-five year exercised right to vote is not participation. Given that the vast majority of the poor in most low-income countries are illiterate and for all practical purposes voiceless, and their access to the ‘free' media is limited, democracy also does not play the instrumental role of ensuring hearing of their needs. The conceptualisation of their needs is more often carried out by well-intentioned, well-educated bureaucrats, neither fully sharing nor understanding the life experiences of the poor, functioning through vertically-operated sectoral line ministries.

Document Type:Monograph (Technical Report)
Topics:Democratic and participatory governance > Conceptual issues
Social protection and welfare > Conceptual issues
Deposited On:03 Mar 2010 11:50
Corporate Authors:United Nations Development Program

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