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Women, Health and Public Services in India

Why are states different?, 1st Edition

By Dipa Sinha

Routledge India

230 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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Why are inter-state differences in human development in India so high? What explains regional patterns where overall the southern region has some of the best human development outcomes in the country while the states in the northern ‘heartland’ have the worst? In addressing these important questions, this volume provides a detailed analysis of health outcomes in India, especially its effects on women. It offers insights into how multiple factors affecting human development, in particular health, play out differently in various socio-cultural and economic contexts.

This book will interest scholars and researchers of sociology, development studies, gender studies, economics, public policy as well as general readers.


"The contrast in social development between Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu is as sharp as it is intriguing. Through this prism, Dipa Sinha’s insightful study sheds light on many critical aspects of India’s development." — Jean Drèze, Development Economist and Visiting Professor, Ranchi University, Jharkhand, India

"This book is a must for policy makers, public administrators and community workers. Sinha brilliantly unpackages state performance and highlights … the vital importance of women’s freedom, state capacity, public accountability, and intra-family as well as community relationships in promoting human development." — A. K. Shiva Kumar, Economist and Policy Advisor, New Delhi, India

Table of Contents

Acknowledgement List of Tables List of Figures 1. North-South Contrast in Human Development 2. Not Just Economic Conditions 3. Women’s Status is Key 4. Public Provisioning Matters 5. Putting the Puzzle Together 6. The Contrasting Cases of Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh 7. Unpacking Women’s Status in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh 8. Delivering Public Services Effectively 9. Public Action for Public Services 10. Summing Up and Way Forward Appendix A. Appendix B. Bibliography.

About the Author

Dipa Sinha is Assistant Professor (Economics) at Ambedkar University, New Delhi, India. She studied at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK. She is involved with issues related to public health, nutrition and right to food as a researcher and activist. She has worked in Andhra Pradesh on a project mobilising communities for better maternal and child health and nutrition, supported by a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation (administered by Population Council). She was later affiliated with the Office of Commissioners to the Supreme Court (on the Right to Food) and has been part of a number of research and implementation projects with the Centre for Equity Studies (CES) and Public Health Resource Network (PHRN), New Delhi, India.

About the Series

Critical Political Economy of South Asia

At a time when countries of the South Asian region are in a state of flux, reflected in far-reaching economic, political and social changes, this series aims to showcase critical analyses of some of the central questions relating to the direction and implications of those changes. Volumes in the series focus on economic issues and integrate these with incisive insights into historical, political and social contexts. Drawing on work by established scholars as well as younger researchers, they examine different aspects of political economy that are essential for understanding the present and have an important bearing on the future. The series will provide fresh analytical perspectives and empirical assessments that will be useful for students, researchers, policy makers and concerned citizens.

The first books in the series cover themes such as the economic impact of new regimes of intellectual property rights, the trajectory of financial development in India, changing patterns of consumption expenditure and trends in poverty, health and human development in India, and land relations. Future volumes will deal with varying facets of economic processes and their consequences for the countries of South Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General