From our archives: top articles on democracy, elections and governance in Nepal

From our archives: top articles on democracy, elections and governance in Nepal

2017 was a crucial year for Nepal. After the historic elections,  35,038 representatives were elected at the local level, 550 at provincial level and 335 at federal level. Remarkably, a third of these representatives were women. We have been tracking the changes in Nepal for two years now. Here is a round-up of South Asia @ LSE articles on Nepal’s electoral reforms, from before and after the elections. These articles dig deeper than the headlines, and look at the numbers behind elections, explain the problems related to managing public investments, and take a critical look at the reservation of seats for women.

LSE South Asia Centre will be hosting a roundtable table discussion on “Nepal: From Hindu Kingdom to Secular State” on 21 May 2018. Click here for event details. 

A false promise of political stability in Nepal? Read>> 

Contrary to the Left Alliance’s campaign pledge, it is unlikely that the new government will deliver a new level of political stability to Nepal. There are four reasons why, writes Julia Strasheim.

 

Do more with less: managing public investment in federal Nepal Read >>

Nepal’s success or failure hinges on how effectively the governments at all levels can deliver public services, which demands proper fiscal and investment management. Mukti Subedi and Bishal K Chalise write that the national framework for public financial management, particularly in the context of transition to federalism, is non-existent.

 

Revisiting Nepal’s year of elections: Less success than meets the eye? Read >>

While Nepal’s elections were widely hailed as a major success, it would be a mistake to ignore many underlying issues that question the integrity and effectiveness of the recent elections, writes Nimesh Dhungana.

 

Nepal’s house of cards: are women included or co-opted in politics? Read >> 

The recently concluded local elections in Nepal resulted in 40.9 per cent of female representation at the local level. Sangita Thebe Limbu writes about the power dynamics, lived experiences of women, gender quotas and women’s political engagement.

 

What does Nepal’s recent elections reveal about patriarchy in politics?Read >>

As Nepal successfully conducted historic local and parliamentary elections in 2017, considered as the end to the decade-long transition period, there are high hopes of improved democratic governance in the new, decentralised federal set up. Sudeep Uprety notes that it is a matter of serious concern for women as only a small number of female candidates won the direct elections.

 

No turning back: Why Nepal’s upcoming local elections matter more than ever Read >>

With less two weeks to go until the first local elections in almost 20 years, Bishal K. Chalise and George Varughese discuss the significance of this poll which – if successful – will help instil confidence in the new constitution and the democratic process in Nepal.

 

Democracy without elections: 15 years of local democratic deficit in Nepal Read >>

It has been 14 years since local elections have been held in Nepal, and as a result democratisation at local level has stalled despite periodic national elections. Thanesh Bhusal explores why elections at local level have been suspended for so long, the impact this has had on citizen participation and the prospects for the revival of local elections in the near future.

Cover image credit: Election Commission of Nepal

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LSE South Asia Centre will be hosting a roundtable table discussion on “Nepal: From Hindu Kingdom to Secular State” on 21 May 2018. Click here for event details. 

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