India: Development and Participation

Paperback | August 15, 2002

byJean Dreze, Amartya Sen

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This book explores the role of public action in eliminating deprivation and expanding human freedoms in India. The analysis is based on a broad and integrated view of development, which focuses on well-being and freedom rather than the standard indicators of economic growth. The authors placehuman agency at the centre of stage, and stress the complementary roles of different institutions (economic, social, and political) in enhancing effective freedoms.In comparative international perspective, the Indian economy has done reasonably well in the period following the economic reforms initiated in the early nineties. However, relatively high aggregate economic growth coexists with the persistence of endemic deprivation and deep social failures. JeanDreze and Amartya Sen relate this imbalance to the continued neglect, in the post-reform period, of public involvement in crucial fields such as basic education, health care, social security, environmental protection, gender equity, and civil rights, and also to the imposition of new burdens such asthe accelerated expansion of military expenditure. Further, the authors link these distortions of public priorities with deep-seated inequalities of social influence and political power. The book discusses the possibility of addressing these biases through more active democratic practice.

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This book explores the role of public action in eliminating deprivation and expanding human freedoms in India. The analysis is based on a broad and integrated view of development, which focuses on well-being and freedom rather than the standard indicators of economic growth. The authors placehuman agency at the centre of stage, and str...

Jean Dreze is a Visiting Professor at the Delhi School of Economics and an international authority on development economics. His association with India goes back more than twenty years during which time he has studied the issues in India minutely and has authored many books, research papers, and newspaper articles on education, povert...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:540 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.16 inPublished:August 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199257493

ISBN - 13:9780199257492

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Approach2. Economic Development and Social Opportunity3. India in Comparative Perspective4. India and China5. Basic Education as a Political Issue6. Population, Health, and the Environment7. Gender Inequality and Women's Agency8. Security and Democracy in a Nuclear India9. Well Beyond Liberalization10. The Practice of Democracy

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`a fine account of India's achievements and failures . . . it will be a starting point of subsequent discussions on social life in India'Partha Dasgupta, Times Higher Education Supplement