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Democratic Politics and Economic Reform in India : Contemporary South Asia, 5 - Rob Jenkins

Democratic Politics and Economic Reform in India

Contemporary South Asia, 5

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Published: 8th May 2000
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Successive Indian governments, from right and left, have remained committed to market-oriented reform since its introduction in 1991. In a well-argued, accessible and sometimes controversial examination of the political dynamics which underlie that commitment, Rob Jenkins challenges existing theories of the relationship between democracy and economic liberalisation. He contends that while democracy and liberalisation are no longer considered incompatible, recent theorizing over-emphasizes democracy's more wholesome aspects while underestimating its practioners' reliance on obfuscating tactics to defuse political resistance to policy shifts. By focusing on formal political systems, existing research ignores the value of informal institutions. In India it is these institutions which have driven economic elites towards negotiation, while allowing governing elites to divide the opponents of reform through a range of political tactics. In fact, the author argues, it is precisely through such political manoeuvring that democracy survives.

"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

Introduction
The evolution of economic reform in India
Theoretical and comparative perspectives of the politics of economic reform
Political incentives: elite perceptions and the calculus of survival
Political institutions: federalism, informal networks, and the management of dissent
Political skills: introducing reform by stealth
Implications
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ISBN: 9780521659871
ISBN-10: 0521659876
Series: Contemporary South Asia, 5
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 8th May 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43