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ERIC Number: EJ776350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1598-1037
Democratic Decentralization and Primary Education: A Comparison of Continuity and Change in Two Districts of Kerala (India)
Mukundan, M. V.
Asia Pacific Education Review, v4 n1 p27-38 2003
Adopting policies of decentralization has become more or less a universal fashion among governments. Institutional redesigning as regard to affirmative state is favored by the political left and right in capitalist democracies. However, their arguments revolve around the decision-making powers of ordinary citizens. Some academics argue that the "People's Campaign for Decentralized Planning" (PCDP) introduced in 1996 in Kerala, the south western state of India, is an extended version of democratic decentralization. They also describe it as Empowered Deliberative Democracy (EDD). Through a comparison of continuity and change aspects in the field of primary education based on programmes carried out in two districts of Kerala (India), this paper analyzes the democratic decentralization policy initiated in the state. The paper concludes with insights related to the need for the redefinition of the process of initiating and sustaining educational changes in a decentralized fashion in Kerala. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India