While South Asia’s economic reform initiatives of the last two decades were often born in crisis, this alone does not account for their occurrence. This book looks at the processes and institutional arrangements behind these reforms, and analyses what lessons can be learnt about how South Asia can improve its policy efficiency.
The book develops ideas about how to overcome the political restraints to reform by drawing on recent theories of political economy and policy learning. It tests these ideas against authoritative case studies of actual reform initiatives in South Asia, which illustrate processes and institutional arrangements that have helped South Asian governments to sustain reform efforts, even in the absence of a strong political base. This offers valuable lessons for the global economy as it moves into a phase of rebalancing, with the structural adjustments that this will require. The book goes on to identify weaknesses that could be addressed by South Asian national governments and regional forums. It is an important contribution to studies on South Asian Politics and International Political Economy
Table of Contents
1. Toward a Theory of Policy Efficiency 2. South Asia’s Economic Prospects from Global Rebalancing and Integration 3. Comparing Structural Reforms in India and Pakistan 4. The Process of Banking Sector Reforms in India 5. Monitoring Fiscal Performance in India 6. Foreign Direct Investment in India: Unfinished Agenda 7. Policy Efficiency of Trade Reforms in India 8. Financial Sector Reforms in Pakistan 9. Sri Lanka’s Economic Reform Process: Progress and Constraints 10. India-Pakistan Trade: A Roadmap for Enhancing Economic Relations
Philippa Dee is Adjunct Associate Professor at Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University