Engineering Elections: The Experiences of Women in 'Panchayati Raj' in Karnataka, India


Kudva, Neema. 2003. “Engineering Elections: The Experiences of Women in ‘Panchayati Raj’ in Karnataka, India.” International Journal of Politics, Culture & Society

Author: Neema Kudva


Engineering elections through gender quotas is a crucial component of strategies that seek to empower women through increased participation in the political system. In the south Indian state of Karnataka, this experiment has seen mixed results: it has made women more visible, decreased levels of corruption in Panchayati Raj institutions, and increased self-efficiency of women representatives. It is more difficult, however, to claim a substantive change in institutional priorities and state accountability. As important is the fact that nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) often provide significant training and support in successful cases. Engineering elections thus highlights possibilities for change through increased participation by women.

Keywords: women, politics, Panchayati Raj, Karnataka, quotas, NGOs

Topics: Civil Society, Corruption, Gender, Women, Governance, Quotas, Elections, Political Participation Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: India

Year: 2003

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