Reservation and women's political freedom: Candidates' experience from three Gram Panchayats in Kerala, India

Jafar, K (2013) Reservation and women's political freedom: Candidates' experience from three Gram Panchayats in Kerala, India. Social Change, 43 (1). pp. 79-97. ISSN 0976-3538

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    Abstract: Based on the capability approach, this article tries to see the implications of reservation policy on the political freedom of women in Kerala. Using a primary survey of candidates in a recent panchayat election in Malappuram district of Kerala it establishes the role of reservation in bringing many educated young women into local politics and decision-making bodies. It also reflects on the role of party and non-party forces such as family and religion in local politics and political freedom of women. The article concludes that the new reservation has resulted in improving the constitutive political freedom of educated-young women in Kerala, but the instrumental political freedom resulted from reservation has not been as evident.
    Item Type: Article
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    Keywords: Political freedom, women’s reservation, capabilities, Kerala, panchayats Introduction
    Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Sociology
    School of Social Sciences > Economics
    School of Social Sciences > Gender
    Divisions: Schools > Social Sciences
    Depositing User: NIAS IR Administrator
    Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2013 05:22
    Last Modified: 08 May 2015 10:04
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/364

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