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Delivering Public Services Effectively: Tamil Nadu and Beyond

Vivek S.


There is a wide diversity in the provision of public services in India. In some states one can go miles without seeing a functional school or a public health centre, where roads are poorly maintained, and electricity has not yet been introduced. In other places, governments tend to function remarkably well in extending basic public services to all. Tamil Nadu is among a few such states with an impressive commitment to services. This book examines the dynamics that led to Tamil Nadu’s commitment. I argue that incessant public action in Tamil Nadu underlies that commitment. People tend to act wh ... More

Keywords: public services, social movements, Tamil Nadu, collective action, accountability, politics of development, democratization, right to food, social change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199451326
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199451326.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vivek S., author
Academic/Activist, Liberation Technology, Stanford University