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India's Late, Late Industrial Revolution
Democratizing Entrepreneurship


  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107622869

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  • There is a paradox at the heart of the Indian economy. Indian businessmen and traders are highly industrious and ingenious people, yet for many years Indian industry was sluggish and slow to develop. One of the major factors in this sluggish development was the command and control regime known as the License Raj. This regime has gradually been removed and, after two decades of reform, India is now awakening from its slumber and is experiencing a late, late industrial revolution. This important new book catalogues and explains this revolution through a combination of rigorous analysis and entertaining anecdotes about India's entrepreneurs, Indian firms' strategies and the changing role of government in Indian industry. This analysis shows that there is a strong case for a manufacturing focus so that India can replicate the success stories of Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea and China.

    • Provides an exhaustive survey of India's industrialization, from ancient times to the present
    • Explains India's current growth in the context of the industrial revolutions of Europe and North America, and the later industrialization experiences of Asia
    • Shows how India's industrialization is being driven by autonomous entrepreneurship, and contrasts it with the past when the government played the most important role
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This important book highlights the key role that entrepreneurship has played in generating India's rapid economic development. [It] provides a thoughtful and insightful analysis that opens new territory to scholars and policy makers not just in economic development but also entrepreneurship.' David Audretsch, Director, Institute for Development Strategies, Indiana University

    'In the spate of literature that is being published on India's economic growth, Sumit Majumdar's book can claim several special distinctions. First, it squarely focuses its attention on entrepreneurship, a central element in any capitalist growth story. Second, he does not take the side of those who regard all earlier state action as only inhibiting India's growth. Majumdar also does not blink in recognizing that the business practices of many entrepreneurs could be quite dubious, but for him that is an essential part of capitalist growth. I hope that both proponents and opponents of economic liberalization will read this book.' Amiya Bagchi, Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata

    'The Indian economy has been the subject of splendid books which have shown how the Indian economic policy framework doomed India to lacklustre performance and how the post-1991 reforms finally liberated India into the last two decades of accelerated growth and attendant impact on poverty. One might think that nothing could be added. Yet, Sumit Majumdar has written a superb book that breaks new ground and offers many new insights. And he writes gloriously. His book will become a classic.' Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor, Economics and Law, Columbia University

    'Professor Majumdar's book comes when the Government of India is framing a new policy, stressing the importance of accelerating manufacturing activity. The author has come to the same conclusion, with the backing of an enormous amount of well researched data. Very timely and well worth reading.' R. C. Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki

    'Within the book is a masterly blend of history, contemporary facts, moral tales, theory, statistics and analysis that provides a compact view of everything that you ever wanted to know about Indian industry, but were too unsure to ask. The comparative assessment of India's performance, relative to other countries, is an important portion of the book that ought to be read by all those interested in India's economic growth.' A. M. Naik, Chairman and Managing Director, Larsen and Toubro, India

    'The improvement in India's economic performance over the past twenty years is one of the great successes of globalisation. By providing the historical background to these events as well as a detailed analysis of India's current achievements and challenges, this book sheds valuable light on one of the most important economic developments of our time.' Geoffrey Owen, London School of Economics

    'With an engaging mixture of anecdote and analysis, Sumit Majumdar identifies the democratised entrepreneurship that is at the heart of India's current economic revolution, and expounds and explains the historical context in which this has occurred. This important book should encourage Indians from all backgrounds to transform their lives.' B. R. (Tom) Tomlinson, Professor Emeritus, SOAS, University of London

    'This fine, well-researched book deploys economic history and economic analysis to lay out what it considers the elements of India's industrial revolution.' Rahul Mukherji, Pacific Affairs

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107622869
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus. 44 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    Preface: The Maharaj and the Saffron
    1. Vent for growth
    2. Industrial revolutions
    3. Aspects of Indian enterprise history
    4. Emergence of modern industry
    5. Asian late industrialization
    6. Democratizing entrepreneurship
    7. Contemporary India
    8. The services sector debate
    9. A paean for manufacturing
    10. Reindustrializing India

  • Author

    Sumit K. Majumdar, University of Texas, Dallas
    Sumit K. Majumdar is Professor of Technology Strategy in the School of Management, University of Texas, Dallas, Richardson. Intimately familiar with Indian industry, he has observed India's industrial transformation, from a closed backward economy to one rapidly becoming one of the world's major powers, from an inimitable historical as well as a contemporary perspective. He maintains deep ties and regularly visits India to engage in interactions with entrepreneurs and policymakers from all of India's industrial sectors. His interest areas are competition policy, entrepreneurship, political economy, regulation and technology strategy. He has published extensively in the academic and popular presses and has edited the two-volume Handbook of Telecommunications Economics (2005).

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