Public Policy and Politics in India (OIP): How Institutions Matter

Paperback | December 19, 2015

byKuldeep Mathur

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Policymaking in India evokes an image of rational decision-making and technical optimality. However, the arena of policymaking is characterized by conflict and contestation resolved through processes of negotiations and compromises. A significant amount of research in India focuses on policygoals and consequences, and less on policy processes. Breaking away from that approach, Public Policy and Politics in India directly addresses policy processes and discusses the role of institutions in policymaking in India. The wide-ranging essays cover issues such as environment, education,Parliament, liberalization, and governance. They highlight failures of implementation resulting from deep-rooted flaws in overall policy design. The volume aims not only to provoke a debate but also to encourage more systematic studies in the area.

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Policymaking in India evokes an image of rational decision-making and technical optimality. However, the arena of policymaking is characterized by conflict and contestation resolved through processes of negotiations and compromises. A significant amount of research in India focuses on policygoals and consequences, and less on policy pr...

Kuldeep Mathur is former Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has also taught at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:306 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.68 inPublished:December 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019946605X

ISBN - 13:9780199466054

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List of TablesPrefacePublic Policy Analysis: An Introduction1. Guidance for Governance in India: Alternative Sources of Public Policy Advice2. Policy Analysis in India: Research Bases and Discursive Practices3. Policy Research Organizations in South Asia4. Battling for Clean Environment: Supreme Court, Technocrats, and Populist Politics in Delhi5. Does Performance Matter? Policy Struggles in Education6. Privatization as Reform: Liberalization and Public Sector Enterprises in India7. Drought in Parliament: Representation and Participation8. Governance as Networks: Emerging Relationships among the State, Business, and NGO in India9. Strengthening Bureaucracy: State and Development in India10. Administrative Reform in India: Policy Prescriptions and OutcomesIndex

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"Through his wonderfully engaging essays, Kuldeep Mathur provides us with a rich understanding of the messiness within which Indias public policies are made and unmade." --Bishnu N. Mohapatra, Professor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India