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Change in Karnataka over the Last Generation: Villages and the Wider Context

James Manor
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 42, No. 8 (Feb. 24 - Mar. 2, 2007), pp. 653-660
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4419280
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

This paper looks at the social and political changes in, and relevant to, rural Karnataka over the last few decades. It finds that the changes have been incremental but have added up to something of significance. Karnataka politics has been characterised by rainbow coalitions of social groups, irrespective of which party is in power, and this has given its institutions some continuity, social life some cohesiveness, and governance comparative freedom from excesses and corruption. But there are signs that social relations are coming under strain.

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