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Civil society and political protest in India: The case of Coca-Cola in Kerala
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2017 (English)In: India Review, ISSN 1473-6489, E-ISSN 1557-3036, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 324-343Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Indian economic and political systems have recently opened up for increased foreign investments, which has resulted also in new forms of popular resistance. This article analyzes the campaign launched against the Coca-Cola-Company in Plachimada, Kerala, India, which in 2004 resulted in the closure of its bottling factory after accusations of water depletion and pollution. The analysis in the article is based on the theoretical concept “political opportunity” and concludes that the decision to close the plant was the result of an efficiently run popular campaign based on a tightly knit group of local activists, held together by a tribal identity. Vital for the success was also the help the group attracted by national and international civil society support groups and media, as well as the link between both media and civil society towards the political parties and the state.

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2017. Vol. 16, no 3, p. 324-343
Keywords [en]
India, civil society, Coca-Cola, social movements
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Political Science
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-151899DOI: 10.1080/14736489.2017.1348086ISI: 000424075500003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-151899DiVA, id: diva2:1176133
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Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation AgencyAvailable from: 2018-01-20 Created: 2018-01-20 Last updated: 2018-03-05Bibliographically approved

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