Governance and Development in India: A Comparative Study on Andhra Pradesh and Bihar after Liberalization, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Governance and Development in India

A Comparative Study on Andhra Pradesh and Bihar after Liberalization, 1st Edition

By Seyed Hossein Zarhani


232 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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The study of the political economy of development in India is significant as India has emerged as one of the fastest-growing countries during the last three decades and the rate of economic growth and poverty reduction have not been matched in India’s subnational states. Although the Union Government has introduced and implemented several economic reforms since 1991 to enhance the economic development, the results of implantation have varied.

Governance and Development in India compares two Indian subnational states, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar. The book does not consider the state as an aggregate entity; rather, it disaggregates the state relationally and spatially. Concentrating on the micro-institutional variables and the role of regional elites, the author investigates the political roots of the divergence of development trajectories among India’s subnational states since liberalization, as an essential aspect of the political economy of development in India. The book explores the black box of the multi-layered state of India and interactions among the Central Government, the states, regional leaders and other stakeholders and explains why the regional leaders have pursued divergent economic strategies using the analytical narrative research method and the subnational comparative research method.

Firmly based on the theoretical foundations of the neo-institutional rational choice model of governance, polycentric hierarchy theory and the strategies for regional elite strategy analysis, combined with empirical research, this book is a valuable contribution to the fields of comparative political economy, state politics in India, governance and development in developing countries, and South Asian comparative politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Puzzle of Divergent Development Trajectories within a Debated (non-)Developmental State

2. State of Art: Governance and Comparative Political Economy

3. Theoretical Framework

4. Elite Agency and Development in Andhra Pradesh (I): Confrontation and Populism in the Age of Tollywood Superstar

5. Elite Agency and Development in Andhra Pradesh (II): Pragmatism, Cooperation, and Pro-Growth Policies in Era of the CEO of Andhra Pradesh

6. Elite Agency and Development in Bihar (I): Confrontation and Populism in Era of ‘Gharibon Ka Masiha

7. Elite Agency and Development in Bihar (II): Pragmatism, Cooperation, and Reforms in the Era of Sushasan Babu

8. Conclusion: a Transformed Institutional Arrangement, Rational Regional Leaders, and Development

About the Author

Seyed Hossein Zarhani is post-doctoral research fellow and lecturer at the Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in South Asian Studies

South Asia, with its burgeoning, ethnically diverse population, soaring economies, and nuclear weapons, is an increasingly important region in the global context. The series, which builds on this complex, dynamic and volatile area, features innovative and original research on the region as a whole or on the countries. Its scope extends to scholarly works drawing on history, politics, development studies, sociology and economics of individual countries from the region as well those that take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to the area as a whole or to a comparison of two or more countries from this region. In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the insights germane to area studies, as well as the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods. The series welcomes submissions from established authors in the field as well as from young authors who have recently completed their doctoral dissertations.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General