The paper documents substantial improvements in labour standards over the past 30 years in villages in the Tiruppur region, a dynamic centre of knitwear production for export in western Tamil Nadu. It shows how changes in terms and conditions of employment on the one hand, and changes in state social policy on the other, have combined to produce substantial improvements in living standards in the labourer population in the period under review.
Heyer, J. Social policy and labour standards : a South Indian case study. Presented at 21st European conference on modern South Asian studies (ECMSAS), Bonn, Germany, 26 July 2010.. (2010) 25 pp.