Institutional Change and Power Asymmetry in the Context of Rural India

  • Amar Patnaik

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 293-344

About this book


This book explains how to bring about institutional change and foster new institutional structures (institution building) by resolving power inequities in a rural ecosystem in India, and advocates the identification of an appropriate institutional champion to make this happen.

The book develops a power-asymmetry-based framework and argues that a champion with the right attributes and the 'ability’ to 'convene' people over a social issue can only succeed if he/she can resolve or reduce the deep-rooted societal power asymmetries within that community. It also presents four case studies that indicate how such social change is typically spread over a long period of time.


Public Policy Power Asymmetry Institutional Champion Convening Rural Context

Authors and affiliations

  • Amar Patnaik
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Government and Public AffairsXavier UniversityBhubaneswarIndia

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