1st Edition

Economic Successes in South Asia
A Story of Partnerships

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ISBN 9781032003108
March 8, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

This book analyses economic successes in South Asia and the reasons why they emerge by offering an in-depth analysis of a few case studies against the backdrop of overall policy context and economic performance of these countries.

Offering a brief comparative review of South Asia in a global context, the book shows that the region remains an economically and socially lagging region. The author argues that within South Asia, most countries demonstrate examples of economic or social success. This book explores such successes that provide lessons for other South Asian countries and beyond. Case studies include the textile industry and microcredit in Bangladesh, information technology in India, forestry management in Nepal, surgical and sports goods in Pakistan, and human development in Sri Lanka. At the macro level, the book discusses India’s catch-up growth first given the country’s global importance and because of the prominence of the debate on its catch-up growth to development economics.

A novel addition to the literature with its focus on successful initiatives with broad policy implications, this book will be of interest to researchers in the field of development economics, development studies and South Asian Studies, in particular South Asian policy.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Macro Context Developmentalism and neo-liberalism 1. South Asia Overview 2. India’s Economic Success Section 2: Meso Context Poverty alleviation: State and Civil Society Partnerships 3. Participatory Development in Pakistan 4. Human Development in Sri Lanka 5. Employment Guarantee Schemes in India 6. Akhuwat: Interest free Microcredit in Pakistan Section 3: Meso Context Population and the Environment: State and Civil Society Partnerships 7. Population Planning in Bangladesh 8. Joint-Forest Management in India and Nepal Section 4: Micro Context State, Local Capital and Foreign Capital Partnerships 9. Producer Co-operatives in Kerala, India 10. Some South Asian Export Successes 11. India’s Automobile Industry: Partnering with Foreign Capital Section 5: Summary and Conclusions

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Shahrukh Rafi Khan is a Research Associate at Mount Holyoke College, USA. He formerly served as executive director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad. He has published extensively in refereed journals and authored and edited numerous books. His most recent books are Development Economics: A Critical Introduction (2019) and A Microcredit Alternative in South Asia (with Natasha Ansari, 2018), also published by Routledge and Spontaneous and Induced Collective Action in Pakistani Rural Development (with Shaheen Rafi Khan, 2021).