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Hans-Uwe Otto, Melanie Walker, and Holger Ziegler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334316

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334316.001.0001

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Public policy: from welfare to empowerment of women in India

Public policy: from welfare to empowerment of women in India

(p.63) Four Public policy: from welfare to empowerment of women in India
Capability-Promoting Policies

Indira Mahendravada

Policy Press

This chapter examines the paradigm shift in public policy from welfare to the empowerment of women in Karnataka, India. Drawing on data collected through sample surveys from two districts in rural Karnataka, it considers the impact of policy interventions on the empowerment of women in Karnataka at the micro level by using the capability approach. The study tests whether the policy of involving non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the empowerment of rural women positively affects the autonomy of women measured in terms of capabilities. The chapter first presents an overview of the capability approach, its application to women's empowerment and agency, and indicators to measure autonomy before discussing the findings from the study of Karnataka women. The study provides evidence that the policy of involving NGOs in delivering inputs for the empowerment of women has enhanced the capabilities of women in Karnataka.

Keywords:   public policy, welfare, women, Karnataka, India, capability approach, non-governmental organisations, autonomy, women empowerment, agency

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