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Working a Democratic ConstitutionA History of the Indian Experience$
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Granville Austin

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195656107

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195656107.001.0001

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Coordinating Mechanisms: How ‘Federal’?

Coordinating Mechanisms: How ‘Federal’?

(p.614) Chapter 30 Coordinating Mechanisms: How ‘Federal’?
Working a Democratic Constitution

Granville Austin

Oxford University Press

Money and the distribution of powers — the bread and butter issues of federalism — were the steady fare of centre-state relations. They were the grist for a large number of formal and less formal institutions and bodies set up under the Constitution to coordinate policy-making and implementation. These institutions performed more and less well but none was devoid of achievement. Each, at one time or another, was accused of bias towards the centre, and several were the victims of overcentralization. The institutions most important in financial relations were the Finance Commission and the Planning Commission. This chapter describes these institutions as they broadly affected centre-state relations. It also discusses other coordinating mechanisms, and ‘federalism’.

Keywords:   federalism, Finance Commission, overcentralization, centre-state relations

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