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Political ScienceVolume 2: Indian Democracy$
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K.C. Suri and Achin Vanaik

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198084952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198084952.001.0001

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The Representation Deficit in Civil Society

The Representation Deficit in Civil Society

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(p.253) 6 The Representation Deficit in Civil Society
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Political Science
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Neera Chandhoke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198084952.003.0007

This chapter examines the literature on representation deficit in civil society in India. It discusses policymakers and civil society organization advocates’ establishment of parallel systems that can substitute for the state in areas of service delivery. It also discusses whether civil society organizations can substitute for what the state should be doing by reasons of obligation. The analysis reveals that while civil society agents such as non-governmental organizations have made significant contributions to development, they cannot summon up the kind of resources required to emancipate citizens from poverty and deprivation. Besides, they hardly implement schemes of redistributive justice that involve a transfer of resources from the better to the worse-off sections of society.

Keywords:   civil society, representation deficit, India, service delivery, non-governmental organizations, poverty, deprivation, redistributive justice, transfer of resources

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