Even though Kerala is very little known outside India, the so-called "Kerala model of development" has become part of the broad global debate about development in the "third world" and it is studied by researchers from Europe and America. The most enthusiastic admirers of the Kerala model have been based in the "first world" especially in the United States, and one academic had even suggested Kerala model as a sustainable and eco-friendly model for the whole world in the twenty-first century.
As a Keralite, who has lived through the various social and developmental reforms of the Kerala model, I found the academic studies about the Kerala model interesting and compiled them here for easier reference.
Articles about Kerala in Popular Journals
Enigma of Kerala :
'pop scientists' slay superstitions:
A Lesson In Light Living
Research Studies by Richard W. Franke and Barbara H. Chasin
-Richard W. Franke is a Professor of Anthropology in Montclair State University and co-author of the popular book Kerala: Radical Reform as development in an Indian state.
A Social Justice Model
in Democracy from Kerala State, India
the Kerala Model Sustainable? Lessons from the Past
to the (Malayalee) People
There a Kerala Model?
Relevance of the Kerala Model in the Emerging World Order
Households: A Continuing Agenda for the Kerala Model
Symposium on Kerala
BCAS (Bulletin for Concerned Asian Scholars) based in Oakland, California has invited noted Kerala scholars to comment on the critical position regarding the "Kerala model of development". Joseph Tharamangalam's original article and two representative responses are available online.
Perils of Social Development with Economic Growth: The Development Debacle
of Kerala, India
A Valid Alternative to the New World Order
Aspects of Kerala Society
I think the "Kerala Model of Development" has been best summarized by the Kerala State Planning Board which says in the article "The Development Challenges of Kerala"
"The People's Campaign can also be seen as
an outcome of the long drawn out and extensive development dialogue in
Kerala, sparked off as it was by the crisis encountered by the famous,‘Kerala
Model of Development’. Kerala’s development experience came to be
hailed as a cheap model of Development, suitable for copying by other third
worlds regions, for the reason that in spite of the burden of economic
underdevelopment, the State could achieve very high quality of life for
its people. But during the last two decades or so, the very same
model of development had been encountering a severe crisis on many fronts,viz.,
stagnation in agricultural and industrial production, widespread reduction
in productivity levels, acute power shortages, out migration of industries
and skilled labor, unbelievably high unemployment rates,all round reduction
in the quality of services, and the debilitating fiscal crisis of the state."
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