Democratic Politics and Economic Reform in India

Democratic Politics and Economic Reform in India

by Rob Jenkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521659876

ISBN-13: 9780521659871

Pub. Date: 04/01/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Successive Indian governments have remained committed to market-oriented reform since its introduction in 1991. In a well-argued and controversial examination of the political dynamics that underlie that commitment, Jenkins challenges existing theories of the relationship between democracy and economic liberalization. He contends that while democracy and

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Overview

Successive Indian governments have remained committed to market-oriented reform since its introduction in 1991. In a well-argued and controversial examination of the political dynamics that underlie that commitment, Jenkins challenges existing theories of the relationship between democracy and economic liberalization. He contends that while democracy and liberalization are no longer considered incompatible, the new thinking emphasizes the wholesome aspects of democracy, downplaying the temptations of populism and its reliance on obfuscatory tactics in defusing political resistance. In fact, the author argues, it is through such political maneuvering that democracy survives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521659871
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Series:
Contemporary South Asia Series, #5
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The evolution of economic reform in India; 3. Theoretical and comparative perspectives of the politics of economic reform; 4. Political incentives: elite perceptions and the calculus of survival; 5. Political institutions: federalism, informal networks, and the management of dissent; 6. Political skills: introducing reform by stealth; 7. Implications.

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