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Caste, Class, and Capital
The Social and Political Origins of Economic Policy in India

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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107154506

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  • For millions of poor people in the developing world, economic growth offers prospects for improved well-being. But what are the political and social conditions conducive to growth-oriented policies in poor democracies? This book addresses this highly consequential question by focusing on a specific empirical puzzle - policy variation across Indian states in the competition for private industrial investment, a phenomenon that came to the fore after the country adopted market reforms in 1991. Through the analysis of investment policies, this book offers a novel explanation, which links social identity, class, and economic policy outcomes. Its main findings highlight a link between pro-business policies and exclusionary political trends in India's high growth phase, and offer a sobering perspective on the current model of growth in the country. It adds to our understanding of Indian political economy as well as to the dynamics of economic development in poor democracies.

    • Advances a new argument on the political economy of India
    • Written in an accessible fashion, this topic of current significance in India will appeal to a wide range of readers including undergraduates and scholars in political science, economics, development studies, sociology, anthropology and geography
    • Uses a multi-method research design
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    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107154506
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: growth-oriented policies and poor electorates
    2. The argument: social identity, electoral coalitions, and investment policies
    3. Diverse policy responses to the competition for investment
    4. Contrasting coalitions and policy outcomes: Gujarat and Punjab
    5. Fluctuating coalitions and commitments: Andhra Pradesh and Bihar
    6. Expanding the scope of analysis
    7. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Kanta Murali, University of Toronto
    Kanta Murali is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include comparative political economy of development, Indian politics, politics of growth and economic policy, state-business relations, and labor policy. She holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University, New Jersey and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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