Decentralization and Participatory Rural Development: A Literature Review

Contemporary Economics, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp. 58-67, 2011

10 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2012

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Muhammad Shakil Ahmad

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

Noraini Abu Talib

Technology University of Malaysia

Date Written: December 27, 2011

Abstract

Most of the developing nations are still struggling for efficient use of their resources. In order to overcome physical and administrative constraints of the development, it is necessary to transfer the power from the central government to local authorities. Distribution of power from improves the management of resources and community participation which is considered key to sustainable development. Advocates of decentralization argue that decentralized government is source to improve community participation in rural development. Decentralized government is considered more responsive towards local needs and development of poor peoples. There are many obstacles to expand the citizen participation in rural areas. There are many approaches for participatory development but all have to face the same challenges. Current paper highlights the literature about decentralization and participatory rural development. Concept and modalities of dfecentralization, dimensions of participation, types of rural participation and obstacles to participation are also the part of this paper.

Keywords: decentralization, participatory rural development, sustainable development, literature review, rural development policy

JEL Classification: R500, R590

Suggested Citation

Ahmad, Muhammad Shakil and Abu Talib, Noraini, Decentralization and Participatory Rural Development: A Literature Review (December 27, 2011). Contemporary Economics, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp. 58-67, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2168190

Muhammad Shakil Ahmad (Contact Author)

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) ( email )

Johor Bahru
Skudai
Malaysia

Noraini Abu Talib

Technology University of Malaysia ( email )

Johor Bahru
Skudai
Malaysia

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