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Delivering Public Services EffectivelyTamil Nadu and Beyond$
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Vivek S.

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199451326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199451326.001.0001

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Uncontrollable People

Uncontrollable People

(p.29) 1 Uncontrollable People
Delivering Public Services Effectively

Vivek S.

Oxford University Press

The chapter is based on interviews with Panchayat presidents, local administrators, and village level workers who are in charge of implementing government programmes at the grassroots. One feature that distinguished their lives was constant pressure from different quarters, and the pulls and pressures they had to manage. While these pressures used to come from the elite social groups in the past, the common person too has become assertive since the seventies. Without access to political offices, wealth or other resources—common people resorted to protests and subversion, leading to the label ‘uncontrollable people’. The chapter looks at such protests from the perspective of those who are acted upon, and how it impacted their functioning.

Keywords:   social change, politics of development, subversion, subaltern movements, public services, Tamil Nadu, decentralization of governance, Panchayati Raj

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