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State formation and radical democracy in India /
by Manali Desai.
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Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2007.
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xii, 185 p.
ISBN
0415407699 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2007.
isbn
0415407699 (hardback : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6059558
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Manali Desai is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Kent, UK.
Summaries
Title Summary
"State Formation and Radical Democracy in India analyses one of the most important cases of developmental change in the twentieth century, namely, Kerala in southern India, and asks whether insurgency among the marginalized poor can use formal representative democracy to create better life chances. Going back to pre-independence, colonial India, Manali Desai takes a long historical view of Kerala and compares it with the state of West Bengal, which like Kerala has been ruled by leftists but has not experienced the same degree of success in raising equal access to welfare, literacy and basic subsistence. This comparison brings historical state legacies, as well as the role of left party formation and its mode of insertion in civil society to the fore, raising the question of what kinds of parties can effect the most substantive anti-poverty reforms within a vibrant democracy." "This book offers a new, historically based explanation for Kerala's post-independence political and economic direction, drawing on several comparative cases to formulate a substantive theory as to why Kerala has succeeded in spite of the widespread assumption that the Indian state has largely failed. Drawing conclusions that offer a divergence from the prevalent wisdoms in the field, this book will appeal to a wide audience of historians and political scientists, as well as non-governmental activists, policy-makers, and those interested in Asian politics history."--BOOK JACKET.
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This is an analysis of one of the important cases of developmental change in the 20th century, namely, Kerala in southern India, and addresses the question of whether insurgency among the marginalized poor can use representative democracy to create better life chances.
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State Formation and Radical Democracy in Indiaanalyzes one of the most important cases of developmental change in the twentieth century, namely, Kerala in southern India and begs the question of whether insurgency among the marginalized poor can use formal representative democracy to create better life chances. Going back to pre-independence, colonial India, Manali Desai takes a long historical view of Kerala and compares it with the state of West Bengal, which like Kerala has been ruled by leftists but has not had the same degree of success in raising equal access to welfare, literacy, and basic subsistence. This comparison brings the role of left party formation and its mode of insertion in civil society to the fore, raising the question of what kinds of parties can effect the most substantive anti-poverty reforms within a vibrant democracy. This book offers a new, historically based explanation for Kerala "s post-independence political and economic direction.
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State Formation and Practices of Democracy in India analyzes one of the most important cases of developmental change in the twentieth century, namely, Kerala in southern India and begs the question of whether insurgency among the marginalized poor can use formal representative democracy to create better life chances. Going back to pre-independence, colonial India, Manali Desai takes a long historical view of Kerala and compares it with the state of West Bengal, which like Kerala has been ruled by leftists but has not had the same degree of success in raising equal access to welfare, literacy, and basic subsistence. This comparison brings the role of left party formation and its mode of insertion in civil society to the fore, raising the question of what kinds of parties can effect the most substantive anti-poverty reforms within a vibrant democracy. This book offers a new, historically based explanation for Kerala's post-independence political and economic direction.
Table of Contents
List of tablesp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Old legacies, new protests: welfare and left rule in democratic Indiap. 1
The social bases of rule and rebellion: colonial Kerala and Bengal, 1792-1930p. 24
State formation and social movements: colonial Kerala and Bengal compared, 1865-1930p. 51
Political practices and left ascendancy in Kerala, 1920-47p. 68
Structure, practices and weak left hegemony in Bengal, 1925-47p. 98
Insurgent and electoral logics in policy regimes: Kerala and Bengal compared, 1947 to the presentp. 119
Afterwordp. 140
Notesp. 153
Bibliographyp. 166
Indexp. 181
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