Power, Policy, and Protest: The Politics of Indias Special Economic Zones

Hardcover | March 28, 2014

EditorRob Jenkins, Loraine Kennedy, Partha Mukhopadhyay

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India's attempt to spur growth, boost exports, and create jobs by establishing Special Economic Zones (SEZs) is a paradox: the policy represents an intensification of the country's increasingly market-oriented development paradigm, but implementation has required active government involvement.More than a decade after importing the SEZ concept from China, India has hundreds of these walled-off, deregulated, low-tax enclaves. But an industrialization strategy pioneered in authoritarian China has faced huge political resistance in democratic India. Protest movements arose in many localitieswhere SEZs were proposed. Resistance varied in terms of the intensity and sustainability of opposition, the grievances articulated, and the tactics employed. A central issue has been the alienation of privately owned land by business interests, abetted by the state. To date, no systematic study of the politics of India's SEZ experiment has been undertaken. This book remedies this gap, examining variations within and between eleven states. Detailed case studies investigate differences in the nature and extent of SEZ-related political mobilization and the meansemployed by governments to manage dissent. By covering a broad range of regional contexts, industrial sectors, and political conditions, this volume furnishes a comprehensive picture of the politics surrounding one of India's most controversial reform measures.

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India's attempt to spur growth, boost exports, and create jobs by establishing Special Economic Zones (SEZs) is a paradox: the policy represents an intensification of the country's increasingly market-oriented development paradigm, but implementation has required active government involvement.More than a decade after importing the SEZ ...

Rob Jenkins is Professor of Political Science at Hunter College and Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Loraine Kennedy is Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris and Deputy Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies, Paris. Partha Mukhopadhyay is Senior Fellow at the Centr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.01 inPublished:March 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsRob Jenkins, Loraine Kennedy, and Partha Mukhopadhyay: Introduction: Power, Protest, and India's Special Economic Zones1. Rob Jenkins: India's SEZ Policy: The Political Implications of "Permanent Reform"2. Karli Srinivasulu: Andhra Pradesh: Land Acquisition and Popular Resistance3. Solano Jose Savio Da Silva: Goa: The Dynamics of Reversal4. Manshi Asher: Gujarat and Punjab: The Entrepreneur's Paradise and the Land of the Farmer5. Loraine Kennedy: Haryana: Beyond the Rural-Urban Divide6. Anjali Mody: Karnataka: The Primacy of the Local7. Rohit Mujumdar and Benita Menezes: Maharashtra: Institutional Politics and the Framing of Resistance8. Partha Sarathi Banerjee: Orissa and West Bengal: The SEZ Imbroglio9. M. Vijayabaskar: Tamil Nadu: The Politics of Silence10. Sudha Pai and Avinash Kumar: Uttar Pradesh: Contrasting Cases from the National Capital RegionIndexAbout the Editors and Contributors