This book explains the political economy and the striking regional differences in performance by cooperatives in rural India. It points toward general principles of organizational effectiveness, revealing the potentials and limitations of cooperatives as instruments of rural development.
Part One: Framework for Comparative Analysis 1. Viewpoints 2. Background and Methods 3. Fertile Grounds in Western India 4. Barren Grounds in West Bengal? 5. Problems in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala 6. Conclusions Part Two: Case Studies from Maharashtra 7. Leadership, Democracy, and Development: Cooperatives in Kolhapur District 8. Alternative Dairy Production and Marketing Systems 9. Does Competition Help Cooperation? 10. The Mhaisal Movement: A Farming Cooperative Part Three: Case Studies from Gujarat 11. Beyond Anand: Comparing the Kheda and Choryasi Dairy Cooperatives 12. Oilseeds Growers' Cooperatives in Gujarat: The Patidar Factor 13. A Sociological Analysis of Cotton Cooperatives in Baroda District Part Four: Case Studies from Other States 14. Electoral Communism and the Destruction of Cooperation in West Bengal 15. Dominant Classes and Cooperative Leaders in Western Uttar Pradesh 16. Formal Cooperatives and Informal Cooperation in Karnataka 17. Bureaucracy Versus Participation: Tea Growers' Cooperatives in Tamil Nadu 18. Fishermen Cooperatives in Kerala: A Case Study