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Patrons of the Poor: Caste Politics and Policymaking in India

Narayan Lakshman


Why has there not been more progress with reducing poverty in India? Patrons of the Poor offers a rich and contemporary account of politics and policymaking in India, as it seeks to provide an answer to this vital question. Despite unprecedented economic growth, the last twenty years have witnessed a growing divergence across Indian states in terms of their poverty alleviation records. In that context, and given that state governments are responsible for a wide range of redistributive policies, this book analyses trends in state politics and policymaking. Based on the analysis, it explains why ... More

Keywords: policymaking, politics, poverty, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, setting of different agendas, political power and economy framework, financial trends, pro-poor policy, caste dominance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198069980
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Narayan Lakshman, author