Who cares about participation? How a rhetorical state policy is practised incredulously

Chhotray, Vasudha (2005) Who cares about participation? How a rhetorical state policy is practised incredulously. Contemporary South Asia, 14 (4). pp. 429-446. ISSN 0958-4935

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This article responds to a recently made proposition that development policy does not drive practice but, instead, that practice produces policy, with key actors striving to maintain coherent representations of it. This proposition is used to examine the translation of the national policy for participatory Watershed Development in India into concrete procedures at the district level and, ultimately, the practices that follow to sustain them. While uncovering a definite chain of ‘upward’ representations in the relationship between practice and policy, this article discovers a striking disjuncture in the stakes of those who formulate the policy and all those who implement it, even in upholding a formal commitment to participation as the new authorised policy. This article demonstrates how participation actually works as a rhetorical state strategy in the face of widespread incredulity, with seriously impairing effects for equity as a policy objective.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > The State, Governance and Conflict
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Water Security Research Centre
Depositing User: Vishal Gautam
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 16 May 2023 23:59
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/16481
DOI: 10.1080/09584930600839115

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