The political prioritisation of welfare in India:comparing the Public Distribution System in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand

Chhotray, Vasudha, Adhikari, Anindita and Bahuguna, Vidushi (2018) The political prioritisation of welfare in India:comparing the Public Distribution System in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

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Abstract

The idea of state responsibility for ensuring food security has gained ground, with strong popular mobilisations for the Right to Food around the world; but important variations prevail, both in the articulation of demands around food security interventions and in political responses to these. This paper takes a close look at India’s Public Distribution System, a programme with a long history and clear national-level, legislative backing, but considerable differences in prioritisation at the subnational level. Through an empirically rich and innovative comparison of Chhattisgarh with Jharkhand – both created at the same time, in 2000 – it asks why the opportunities afforded by statehood allowed Chhattisgarh to politically prioritise the PDS, but not Jharkhand. The paper finds that the explanation lies in the interrelated dimensions of political competition, the nature of pressures exerted by electorally significant societal groups, and political enablement of bureaucratic capacity. Finally, the analytical framework at the heart of the paper contributes to the emerging literature on the political conditions that allow the deployment of state capacity for the promotion of welfare

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: food security,welfare state,social assistance,subnational politics,india
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 11:30
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2020 00:19
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/69558
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