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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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Thirty Years of Collective Action

Thirty Years of Collective Action

(p.43) 2 Thirty Years of Collective Action*
Delivering Public Services Effectively

Vivek S.

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Along with individual resistance, decentralized collective action led by people from within villages forms another critical means of putting pressure on the government. Collectives within villages often engage in a series of protests over decades in order to secure different services such as school buildings, street lights, water, housing, etc. These small successes add up over the years leading to a significant range of public services in the village. This chapter provides a case study based on one Dalit habitation through which it illustrates some common features of such sustained public action–and its impact in shaping political priorities from below.

Keywords:   social change, collective action, social movements, Tamil Nadu, accountability, democratization

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