Allen Gillers and Simon Tse
I find your case study on design corps interesting, although I disagree with the last sentence on page 3, “When people see them (design corps) working more efficiently than the government, they would put pressure on the government for improvement and demanding change that would impact in a larger scale.” I imagine the opposite would be true, that if people see an NGO or corporation performing the roll more effectively than government, they begin to loose faith in government and begin to imagine other areas in which NGOs could be more effective than government. This plays directly into the hands of a neo liberalist society as well as disincentivizes the government to step up a adequately play their traditional role effectively.
Nate I would do believe that both of you are looking and different sides of the same coin for such was the case of The Politics of the Governed, the rail communities did find need to negotiate with government over the large scale issues, while their smaller scale issues were met within the community, through community organizers , NGO’s and individuals. They rightly state in their analysis that “Their needs [of marginalized population] are ignored because politicians tend to address the needs of middle class, in which they can get the most votes. Design Corps serves as a substitute for the government and provides care for these forgotten people. So, their working area depends on where there is high population of migrating farm workers. Their areas and scale of activities are therefore very flexible and different depending on their constituents.” So while Design Corps is and intermediary agent in the migrant farmer community I believe there will be limits to their scale of reach and past such point the community would put pressure on the government.
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