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Title: From Protests to Policies: Actors, Spaces and Processes
Authors: Bhattacharya, Niloshree
Thakur, Manish Kumar
Keywords: Middle class activism
Policy intermediaries
Social movements
The state
Transnational networks
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: SCOPUS
Sociological Bulletin
SAGE Publications Ltd
Series/Report no.: 69(3)
Abstract: This paper addresses a rather understudied aspect of the ways through which protests get translated into policies by focussing on the actors, spaces and processes. It further identifies key actors in the policy making formulation process, which we call ‘policy intermediaries’. It discusses the emergence of ‘policy intermediaries’ in relation to the history of social movements in post-colonial India. It situates the policy making processes in the country and the role of ‘policy intermediaries’ therein, in the overall context of changing configurations of relationships amongst the state, non-governmental organisations, think tanks and the emergent transnational networks and discourses. By implication, it maps out some of the attributes of middle class activism with illustrations from select social movements in India. The paper explores the multiple spaces in which ‘policy intermediaries’ function, the diverse roles they play and the networks in which they are wilfully or otherwise enmeshed. © 2020 Indian Sociological Society.
Description: Niloshree Bhattacharya, Presidency University, Kolkata, India; Manish Kumar Thakur, Public Policy and Management Group, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata, India
ISSN/ISBN - 00380229
DOI - 10.1177/0038022920956748
Appears in Collections:Public Policy and Management

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