Democratic Politics and Economic Reform in India

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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.

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"Jenkins (Birkbeck College, University of London) has written a superb, highly provocative book on democracy and economic reform in India...it is a major contribution to the literature on Indian politics, comparative political economy, and democratic transition." Choice

"Jenkins (Birkbeck College, University of London) has written a superb, highly provocative book on democracy and economic reform in India. Jenikins's work is a superb example of the configurative approack to the study of comparative politics and yet is far from atheoretical...it is a major contribution to the literature on Indian politics, comparative political economy, and democratic transition. Of interest to development practitioners, political scientists, and India specialists." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521659871
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • 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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