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A Dignified Meal

Negotiated Spaces in India’s School Meal Program

Sony Pellissery, Sattwick Dey Biswas, and Biju Abraham

functions, including overseeing how government grants are used, tracking teacher absenteeism, and inspecting infrastructural facilities such as toilets and the like. One of the key responsibilities given to SMCs is monitoring the school meal program. On a

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Ananta Kumar Giri

. So far, mainstream discourse and practice of development mainly focus on what can be called the prose of development: the hard-core and hardware issues of economics, politics, and infrastructure and rarely explores the subtler dimension of development

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Massimo Bordignon and Gilberto Turati

In respect of fiscal decentralization, the year 2007, and more generally

the Parliament, saw some progress, above all in relation to the regulation

of intergovernmental pacts, legislative proposals, and the institutional

relationship between different levels of government. There

were also some failures, particularly with regard to the continual intervention

by the central government in the matter of local taxes. The

year also saw the emergence of substantial problems in relation to

local debt. These had been on the increase in recent years, partly as

a consequence of the introduction of new financial instruments and

partly because of explosive growth in some areas of local expenditure,

notably in the health sector. The central government tackled some

of these problems effectively—for example, those in areas affected

by the new norms on infrastructure and the Health Pact—while its

approach toward others was ineffectual. In general, the difficulties and

internal contradictions of the parliamentary majority constrained its

legislative capacity, opening up the possibility that its more innovative

proposals—in particular, those relating to the constitutional reform of

2001—would not be implemented.

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China’s New Silk Road

Autocracy Promotion in the New Asian Order?

Octavia Bryant and Mark Chou

the diffusion of ideas and customs. During a 2013 visit to Kazakhstan, where he oversaw infrastructure deals and loans worth in excess of $30 billion, President Xi proposed the creation of a new Silk Road Economic Belt that would extend westward into

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Marco Ricceri

the innovation of processes and products, and in the construction of common infrastructure services” ( BRICS 2015a ). As an outcome of politics discussed in the previous section, attention is especially dedicated to strengthening collaboration with

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Searching for a New Way of Thinking about Society

A Noospheric Social Quality Orientation for Development toward Sustainability

Vyacheslav Nikolayevitch Bobkov and Nikolay Vyacheslavovich Bobkov

and institutions, and society as a whole); the quality of working and entrepreneurial life; the quality of the work environment; the quality of the societal infrastructure; the quality of the environment; the safety of daily living circumstances; the

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Gender Parity and Equality in the Sultanate of Oman

A Case in Education for the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries

Faryal Khan and Maricel Fernandez-Carag

human, infrastructure, curriculum reform, equipment, student textbooks, technical assistance, use of technology resources in teaching/training, school facilities, and resources from other partners such as civic communities and non

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hard-core and hardware issues of economics, politics and infrastructure. Poetics, on the other hand, provides starting points for very different conceptual frameworks for development and transformation. It seeks to express the suffering and joys of

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Children Born of War

A European Research Network Exploring the Life Histories of a Hidden Population

Kimberley Anderson and Sophie Roupetz

specific research expertise and infrastructure of coordinating partners and combining this with the individual expertise of all research participants in order to advance the reach of this topic. Preliminary results confirm the silence on this topic, and the

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The Evolution of 20 Years of Social Quality Thinking

infrastructure, to stimulate cross-disciplinary research relevant for the elaboration of the first methodological principle. Scholars connected with IASQ (2018) constructed the architecture of social quality, and this presents a distinction of three