Politics of Welfare: Comparisons Across Indian States

Politics of Welfare: Comparisons Across Indian States

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Overview

Indian states are the main arenas in which popular expectations around healthcare, education, and social security intersect with electoral politics. Yet the ways in which state politics shape Indiaâs social welfare policies are inadequately understood.

After a decade of experimentation with new rights-based approaches to social policy at the national level, there is a pressing need to understand how regional political environments influence the ways in which policies are initiated and enacted on the ground.

Written by political scientists and a sociologist with expertise across Indiaâs regions, this volume presents comparative analyses of the emergent politics of welfare across Indian states. Bringing together ground-level empirical data and innovative perspectives, it investigates the ways in which state-level political dynamics shape policies in the fields of education, health insurance, social security, employment, and food subsidies. In-depth and timely, the book allows for a deeper understanding of the diversity of welfare scenarios in contemporary India.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199460120
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Louise Tillin is with King's India Institute, King's College London, UK.

Rajeshwari Deshpande is with the Department of Politics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Maharashtra, India.
K. K. Kailash is with the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1: Introduction: Comparing the Politics of Welfare across Indian States
Louise Tillin, Rajeshwari Deshpande, and K. K. Kailash

Chapter 2: The Policy-shaping Capacity of States: Publicly Funded Health Insurance in Tamil Nadu and Kerala
K. K. Kailash and Madurika Rasaratnam

Chapter 3: The Woman Constituency: Domestic Workers, Social Security, and Gender Politics in Maharashtra and West Bengal
Rajeshwari Deshpande

Chapter 4: Comparing the Politics of Food Subsidies in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh
Louise Tillin, Anupama Saxena, and Yatindra Singh Sisodia

Chapter 5: Institutionalizing Social Policies in the Margins: A Comparative Study of 'NAREGA' in Meghalaya and Jharkhand
Rajesh Dev

Chapter 6: Politics of Social Protection: The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh
Rob Jenkins and James Manor

Chapter 7: Monitoring Educational Policy in India: A Comparative Study of Chandigarh and Delhi
Divya Vaid

Index

About the Editors and Contributors
List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
1. Chapter 1: Introduction: Comparing the Politics of Welfare across Indian States Louise Tillin, Rajeshwari Deshpande, and K. K. Kailash
2. Chapter 2: The Policy-shaping Capacity of States: Publicly Funded Health Insurance in Tamil Nadu and Kerala K. K. Kailash and Madurika Rasaratnam
3. Chapter 3: The Woman Constituency: Domestic Workers, Social Security, and Gender Politics in Maharashtra and West Bengal Rajeshwari Deshpande
4. Chapter 4: Comparing the Politics of Food Subsidies in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh Louise Tillin, Anupama Saxena, and Yatindra Singh Sisodia
5. Chapter 5: Institutionalizing Social Policies in the Margins: A Comparative Study of âNAREGAâ in Meghalaya and Jharkhand Rajesh Dev
6. Chapter 6: Politics of Social Protection: The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Rob Jenkins and James Manor
7. Chapter 7: Monitoring Educational Policy in India: A Comparative Study of Chandigarh and Delhi Divya Vaid
Index
About the Editors and Contributors
Rajeshwari Deshpande is with the Department of Politics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Maharashtra, India.
K. K. Kailash is with the Department of Political Science, University of Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

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