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Regional Party Politics and the Right to Food in India

Shareen Hertel () and Corinne Tagliarina
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Corinne Tagliarina: University of Connecticut

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No 20, Economic Rights Working Papers from University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute

Abstract: This paper explores the complex relationship between social movements, courts, and political parties in the recognition and fulfillment of human rights. We analyze social mobilization around the right to food in India since 2001, on the recent emergence of political parties' attention to the issue of contemporary food security. Drawing on original datasets (i.e., of media coverage and PILs over multiple decades), original interviews conducted in India in 2012, and analysis of multiple Indian political party platforms, we argue that the attention contemporary political parties are giving to food security did not emerge in a vacuum but that the "Right to Food" social movement has influenced the evolution of contemporary Indian party politics. Translating that influence into concrete policy reform nationally, however, remains an incomplete process.

Keywords: Right to food; India; rights-based development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K0 O1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2012-09
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Note: First presented as “Who's Bringing Food to the Party? Contemporary social movement activism on party politics in India” for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association Honolulu, Hawaii.
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