• Amar Patnaik


Patnaik seeks to address the causes underlying the failure of most policy interventions in achieving the expected results in the Indian rural ecosystem despite their sound economic logic and the best of intentions of policy makers. Alternate development theories advocate genuine participation by the would-be beneficiaries for success. Patnaik finds that absence of genuine participation by ultimate beneficiaries as the main reason behind such failure. In this chapter, the senior bureaucrat trots the possible reasons behind the inability of sustaining such participatory processes. Presenting three such distinct cases in the eastern state of Odisha, he proposes to draw on available literature on institutional change and rural power structures to examine the issue that sets the tone for his research. Patnaik also seeks to find an answer on how to ensure sustained community participation in a society deeply fractured by socio-economic inequality and a range of other power asymmetries.


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  • Amar Patnaik
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  1. 1.School of Government and Public AffairsXavier UniversityBhubaneswarIndia

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