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The Regional Roots of Developmental Politics in India : A Divided Leviathan - Aseema Sinha

The Regional Roots of Developmental Politics in India

A Divided Leviathan

Paperback Published: 14th April 2005
ISBN: 9780253216816
Number Of Pages: 384

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India is widely regarded as the most celebrated case of a "failed" developmental state, seemingly the exception that belies the prediction of a triumphant Asian century. Its central political and economic institutions have been variously characterized as both "soft" and "strong" -- at once weak, predatory, and interventionist. Aseema Sinha presents an innovative model that questions conventional views of economic development by showing that the Indian state is a divided leviathan: its developmental failure is the combined product of central-local interactions and political choices by regional elites. To develop this disaggregated model, she examines three regional states with sharply divergent development trajectories: Gujarat, West Bengal, and Tamil Nadu. Drawing on recent work in comparative political economy, the theory of nested games, incentive theory, and an ethnographic analysis of business actors, this study directs analytical attention at the creation of micro-institutions at the subnational level, explores the role of provinces in shaping investment flows, and considers the role of federalism as a mediating institution shaping the vertical strategies of provinces. A comparative chapter applies the model to data from China, Brazil, Russia, and the former Soviet Union.

Introduction and Theoretical Framework
The Puzzle of Developmental Failure and Success
A Theory of Polycentric Hierarchy
National Level Analysis
Disaggregating the Central State
Subnational Variation Mapped
Regional Strategies toward the Dirigiste State
The Subnational State as a Developmental Actor
Weapons of the Strong: Business Responses in the Regions
Divided Loyalties: The Regional Politics of Divergence
India in Comparative Perspective
India in Comparative Perspective: Brazil, China, Former Soviet Union, and Russia;
Regional Landscapes and Economic Development in Dirigiste States
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ISBN: 9780253216816
ISBN-10: 0253216818
Series: Contemporary Indian Studies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 14th April 2005
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.95  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.59