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Poverty and Governance in South Asia

1st Edition

By Syeda Naushin Parnini


154 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Across South Asia in the last two decades, there has been widespread emphasis on governance reforms aiming to reduce poverty through Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The recent development agenda has had great impact over the region , and this book finds that it largely widens the gap between the rich and poor, which combined with rising inflation, contributes to political instability.

The book analyses the discourses of development agenda and governance crisis and provides a survey of the region by not only focusing on India, Pakistan and Bangladesh but also on the smaller countries in the region, such as Bhutan. Explaining three components of the development agenda as criteria for economic development – poverty reduction, governance reforms and civil society participation through liberal democracy – this book explores the consequences of the neo-liberal democracy and recent development agenda coupled with governance reforms. This work argues that the political economy of South Asia is largely derived from experiences of historical colonialism and recent changes driven by contemporary rise of India as a global power after the triumph of new-liberal democracy and market capitalism in the post-cold war era. It proposes a strengthening of the instruments of endogenous governance and people's participation in South Asian countries to reduce poverty through MDGs and other development goals in combination with top-down and bottom up approaches.

Offering an understanding of governance and development in the context of the South Asia, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of Political Economics, International Development Studies, Political Science, and Governance Studies, as well as policy makers.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Political Economy of South Asia 3. Governance and Development in South Asia 4. Poverty Reduction and Governance Paradox 5. Poverty Dynamics and Empirical Evidence 6. Endogenous Governance and Democracy in South Asia

About the Author

Syeda Naushin Parnini is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. She was a guest fellow at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, Germany, and a consultant to the European Union on poverty reduction projects. She has published a number of books and articles on democratic governance and international development.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in South Asian Politics

This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, democracy, political economy, ideology and public policy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies