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Governing India: Evolution of Programmatic Welfare in Andhra Pradesh

Mukherji, Rahul ; Zarhani, Seyed Hossein

In: Studies in Indian Politics, 8 (2020), Nr. 1. pp. 7-21. ISSN 2321-0230 (Druck-Ausg.); 2321-7472 (Online-Ausg.)

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How can clientelistic politics be transformed into programmatic politics in a subnational state with a well-recorded history of patronage politics? We explore institutional pathways away from clientelism by systematically explicating clientelistic propensities with programmatic citizen-oriented ones in undivided Andhra Pradesh. This paper engages with a paradigm shift in policy from clientelistic to programmatic service delivery in rural development by exploring three major rural welfare programmes in undivided Andhra Pradesh: need-based redistribution, evolution of self-help groups and implementation of the right to work in India through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme. We argue that the capacity of the state to deliver owes a great deal to bureaucratic puzzling and political powering over developmental ideas. We combine powering and puzzling within the state to argue the case for how these ideas tip after evolving in a path-dependent way.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Indian Politics
Volume: 8
Number: 1
Publisher: Sage
Place of Publication: New Delhi
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2020 11:34
Date: 2020
ISSN: 2321-0230 (Druck-Ausg.); 2321-7472 (Online-Ausg.)
Page Range: pp. 7-21
Faculties / Institutes: Service facilities > South Asia Institute (SAI)
Subjects: 320 Political science
950 General history of Asia Far East
Uncontrolled Keywords: Policy paradigm, welfare, bureaucracy, ideas, tipping point, Andhra Pradesh
Additional Information: Dieser Beitrag ist aufgrund einer (DFG-geförderten) Allianz bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich. This publication is freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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