The politics and policies of inclusion [electronic resource]
- Ramya Parthasarathy.
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- Can state policies make politics more accessible and responsive to historically marginalized groups? India, like many developing democracies, faces a fundamental contradiction between its promise of political equality and entrenched social inequality, across caste, class, and gender. In response, the Indian state has undertaken a number of institutional reforms explicitly aimed at making politics more inclusive. This dissertation comprises three studies that evaluate how these policies have affected both the political engagement and welfare of women and caste minorities in rural south India. It examines: (1) caste and gender quotas for elected office, (2) deliberative forums to engage citizens in governance, and (3) grassroots efforts to politically empower women through self-help groups.
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- Submitted to the Department of Political Science.
- Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2017.
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