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Regional Party Politics and the Right to Food in India

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  • Shareen Hertel

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Corinne Tagliarina

    (University of Connecticut)

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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.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute in its series Economic Rights Working Papers with number 20.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:uct:ecriwp:20

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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Keywords: Right to food; India; rights-based development;

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  1. Susan Randolph & Sakiko Fukuda-Parr & Terra Lawson-Remer, 2009. "Economic and Social Rights Fulfillment Index: Country Scores and Rankings," Economic Rights Working Papers 11, University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute.
  2. Molly Anderson, 2008. "Rights-based food systems and the goals of food systems reform," Agriculture and Human Values, Springer, vol. 25(4), pages 593-608, December.
  3. Paarlberg, Robert, 2010. "Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195389593.
  4. Islam, Nurul, 2011. "Foreign aid to agriculture: Review of facts and analysis," IFPRI discussion papers 01053, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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