Democracy, Development, and the Countryside
Urban-Rural Struggles in India
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- Author: Ashutosh Varshney, Harvard University, Massachusetts
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What happens to the rural folk--to their power and economic well-being--when development takes place in a democratic framework? Focusing on India where, unlike most of the developing world, a democratic system has flourished for four decades, this book investigates how the rural sector uses its numbers in a democracy to further its economic and political interests. The book also argues that identities constitute a powerful constraint on the pursuit of economic interests.Read more
- First book to investigate whether democracy makes a difference to the power and well-being of the countryside in developing areas
- Examines India, which has had the longest surviving democracy in the developing world
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- Date Published: February 2011
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- isbn: 9780511882913
- contains: 16 b/w illus. 8 tables
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Table of Contents
1. Town-Country struggles in development
2. Nehru's agricultural policy: a Reconstruction
3. Policy change in the mid-1960s
4. Rise of Agrarian power in the 1970s
5. Organizing the countryside in the 1980s
6. Has rural India lost out?
7. Paradoxes of power and the intracacies of economic policy
8. Conclusion: democracy and the countryside
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