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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 Karnataka

The Social Origins of Political Power in Karnataka

Stable Caste and Class Dominance

(p.180) 4 The Social Origins of Political Power in Karnataka
Patrons of the Poor

Narayan Lakshman

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the analytical links between the pro-poorness of the state as manifested in its policies, and the social/caste structure and political movements in Karnataka. The chapter continuously refers to the relevant comparative marker, which is shown to be the politics in Tamil Nadu as well as the key observations about its political history. The causal mechanisms in Karnataka politics and those that account for the observed level of redistribution of resources towards the poor are discussed. Most of this chapter focuses on the evolution of the balance of power between the major social groups found in Karnataka society. The chapter includes sections on political competition, redistributive implications, the distribution of caste, and stable dominance. The challenges posed to this dominance are also examined.

Keywords:   pro-poorness, social/caste structure in Karnataka, political movements in Karnataka, caste and stable dominance, social movements, Karnataka beyond Mysore borders

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