The State in India After Liberalization: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Routledge Contemporary South Asia) (Paperback)

The State in India After Liberalization: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Routledge Contemporary South Asia) By Akhil Gupta (Editor), Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan (Editor) Cover Image


This book assesses the impact of liberalization on practices of government and relations between state and society. It is clear that liberalization as state policy has complex forms of regulation and deregulation inbuilt, and these policies have resulted in dramatic increases in productivity and economic wealth but also generated spectacular new forms of inequality between social groups, regions, and sectors.

Through a detailed examination of the Indian state, the contributors - all experts in their respective fields - explore questions such as:

Have the new inequalities resulted in greater social unrest and violence?

How has the meaning of citizenship changed?

What will the long-term effects of regional economic imbalances be on migration, employment, and social welfare?

Will increasing federalism result in new problems?

Will smaller governments be more effective in providing basic necessities such as clothing, housing, food, water, and sanitation to citizens?

What does liberalization mean to Indians in cities and villages, in small towns, and metropolises, in poor, middle class, or wealthy homes?

Are concepts like social capital, decentralization, private enterprise, and grass-roots globalization effective in analyzing the post-liberalization state, or are new concepts needed?

By focusing on what specifically has changed about the state after liberalization in India, this volume will shed light on comparative questions about the process of neoliberal restructuring across the world. As such, it will be of interest to scholars of a variety of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, political science, geography, international studies, public policy, environmental studies and economics.

About the Author

Akhil Gupta is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California in Los Angeles. His research interests lie in political anthropology, cultural theory and cultural geography, postcolonial studies, development, and food and the environment. K. Sivaramakrishnan is Professor of Anthropology at Yale University. An environmental historian and political anthropologist, his research interests include colonial and contemporary forest and nature conservation in South Asia, rural and regional development, comparative social theory, and the cultural geography of migration in India.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780415631754
ISBN-10: 0415631750
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: May 1st, 2012
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia