The Institutional Champions: Case Studies (I, II, III, and IV)
Patnaik presents the protagonists of his ‘institutional social change’ to lend credence to his propositions. Significantly, all four of his protagonists are ordinary, rather less-than ordinary women from the marginalised sections of society. Nonetheless, these are women with extraordinary grit and the desired attributes to function as successful change agents. The author narrates each of their stories in the context of his 15-stage model framework of institutional convening to show how the champions steered the change process and dealt with power asymmetries to ensure community participation for the creation of politically, socially, and economically equitable societies in some of the poorest regions of India. The author also underlines the vital role of non-government organizations, who did some handholding of the champions to ensure the success of government programmes.