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Promise, Trust and EvolutionManaging the Commons of South Asia$
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Rucha Ghate, Narpat Jodha, and Pranab Mukhopadhyay

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213832

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213832.001.0001

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Is the State Passé? Competing Domains in Forestry in Orissa

Is the State Passé? Competing Domains in Forestry in Orissa

(p.330) 14 Is the State Passé? Competing Domains in Forestry in Orissa
Promise, Trust and Evolution

Arabinda Mishra

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The chapter looks at different dimensions of policy failure relating to forest management in the Indian state of Orissa, where village communities have countered the government's devolution-based policies by forming regional federations. A case-study approach is followed to identify the areas where self-initiated community institutions have an advantage over the state-designed alternatives such as Joint Forest Management. The federal framework ensures that the community movement has strength in numbers when dealing with the state and other external agencies. The chapter concludes that in Orissa the state-community relationship is fundamentally altered due to the formation of federations. This requires devolution protagonists in the public policy-making domain to start thinking about building synergies between the state and communities that would serve to bridge the existing ‘trust gap’ between the two parties.

Keywords:   forest management, community institutions, federations, devolution, state-community relationship, Joint Forest Management, PESA, Orissa, India

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