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Narayan Lakshman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198069980

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069980.001.0001

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The Social Origins of Political Power in Tamil Nadu

The Social Origins of Political Power in Tamil Nadu

Towards Class–based Politics

(p.133) 3 The Social Origins of Political Power in Tamil Nadu
Patrons of the Poor

Narayan Lakshman

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses in detail the question pertaining to policy priorities by presenting an analysis of the political settlement in each state within a historical context. It tries to pinpoint the major political factors, both at the state and national level, which have influenced the course of politics. This, in turn, has indirectly influenced the policy orientation of the state. In this chapter, readers can learn about certain developments made in the political history of Tamil Nadu and its subsequent consequences to the political settlement for state power and social classes. It also looks at the background information of the important political outcomes that surfaced in Tamil Nadu, the pro-poor politics in the state, the patterns of support for the state, and the distribution of caste and fractured dominance.

Keywords:   policy priorities, political settlement and factors, policy orientation, political history of Tamil Nadu, support of AIADMK, state power, pro-poor politics, support patterns, caste distribution/dominance, scarcity of resources

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