Patrons of the Poor: Caste Politics and Policymaking in India

Hardcover | March 15, 2011

byNarayan Lakshman

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This book addresses the need for an equal distribution of the benefits of India's unprecedented economic growth since the late 1990s. By focusing on two middle-income states - Tamil Nadu and Karnataka - during the period 1985-2000, it seeks to understand why some states have been moreeffective in reducing poverty than others. It investigates the relationship between the policies that consolidate the wealthy and those that favour the poor. For this, it combines analyses of state-level budgetary processes with studies of the political history of each state. The former is donethrough a detailed study of the states' revenue and expenditure patterns. By separating state finances into appropriate sectoral heads, the author uncovers revenue and expenditure trends and their impact on different income classes. For a more comprehensive understanding, he also intensively reviews the current literature on this field and links this to the findings ofthe present study. By focusing on the rapid growth in different sectors, including IT, he tries to provide answers as to why some sections of the population have been neglected by the economic boom.

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This book addresses the need for an equal distribution of the benefits of India's unprecedented economic growth since the late 1990s. By focusing on two middle-income states - Tamil Nadu and Karnataka - during the period 1985-2000, it seeks to understand why some states have been moreeffective in reducing poverty than others. It invest...

Narayan Lakshman is the US Foreign Correspondent of The Hindu. He has a PhD from Development Studies Institute, the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, UK.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198069987

ISBN - 13:9780198069980

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Table of Contents

List of TablesList of FiguresPrologue: Understanding Poverty in India1. Introduction2. Preliminary Exploration of Agenda Setting3. The Politics of Budget Formulation and Agenda Setting4. The Social Origins of Political Power in Tamil Nadu5. The Social Origins of Political Power in Karnataka6. Key Insights and ConclusionAppendix: Revenue Account ExpenditureReferencesInterviewsIndex