The State and the Poor: Public Policy and Political Development in India and the United States

The State and the Poor: Public Policy and Political Development in India and the United States

by John Echeverri-Gent
     
 

This comparison of rural development in India and the United States develops important departures from economic and historical institutionalism. It elaborates a new conceptual framework for analyzing state-society relations beginning from the premise that policy implementation, as the site of tangible exchanges between state and society, provides strategic

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This comparison of rural development in India and the United States develops important departures from economic and historical institutionalism. It elaborates a new conceptual framework for analyzing state-society relations beginning from the premise that policy implementation, as the site of tangible exchanges between state and society, provides strategic interaction among self-interested individuals, social groups, and bureaucracies. It demonstrates how this interaction can be harnessed to enhance the effectiveness of public policy. Echeverri-Gent's application of this framework to poverty alleviation programs generates provocative insights about the ways in which institutions and social structure constrain policy-makers. In the process, he illuminates new implications for the concepts of state autonomy and state capacity.

The book's original conceptual framework and intriguing findings will interest scholars of South Asia and American politics, social theorists, and policy-makers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520080829
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/26/1993
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 8.94(h) x 1.03(d)

Meet the Author


John Echeverri-Gent is Associate Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia.

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