Panchayati Raj in India. The Evolution between 1947 and 1992

by Kai Fabian Fürstenberg

Institution: Universität Heidelberg
Department: The Faculty of Economics and Social Studies
Degree: PhD
Year: 2015
Record ID: 1108064
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The main argument of my thesis is that the institutional development of Panchayati Raj between 1947 and 1992 can be analysed as an evolutionary process in the Darwinian sense. I base this on the conjecture that Evolutionary Institutionalism (EI) is the appropriate theoretical approach to do this. The argument is investigated based on two research questions: Can I arrive at the outcome of 1992 if I trace the developments as an institutional evolution from an EI perspective? Is the outcome inevitable?