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Poverty amid Plenty in the New India

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  • Author: Atul Kohli, Princeton University, New Jersey
  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521735179

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  • India has one of the fastest growing economies on earth. Over the past three decades, socialism has been replaced by pro-business policies as the way forward. And yet, in this 'new' India, grinding poverty is still a feature of everyday life. Some 450 million people subsist on less than $1.25 per day and nearly half of India's children are malnourished. In his latest book, Atul Kohli, a seasoned scholar of Indian politics and economics, blames this discrepancy on the narrow nature of the ruling alliance in India that, in its newfound relationship with business, has prioritized economic growth above all other social and political considerations. In fact, according to Kohli, the resulting inequalities have limited the impact of growth on poverty alleviation, and the exclusion of such a significant proportion of Indians from the fruits of rapid economic growth is in turn creating an array of new political problems. This thoughtful and challenging book affords an alternative vision of India's rise in the world that its democratic rulers will be forced to come to grips with in the years ahead.

    • Kohli, a seasoned commentator on Indian politics, argues that the state has prioritized economic growth to the detriment of millions of impoverished citizens
    • Advises that more inclusive policies will be needed to handle increasing inequalities
    • A thoughtful and cogently argued account for all those interested in India's meteoric rise in the world
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    • A Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2012 on Asia and the Pacific

    Reviews & endorsements

    "In a lucid, penetrating treatment of India's political economy since liberalisation, Atul Kohli disentangles one of the nation's most vexing paradoxes."
    Contemporary South Asia

    “i>Poverty Amid Plenty brings together Atul Kohli’s significant contribution to the political economy of India’s growth and redistribution within a single crisp volume. It will interest specialist and non-specialist readers alike, and sharpen debate on India’s economic reforms. It is the finest class-based argument on the politics of industrialization, growth and redistribution in India…Atul Kohli’s is a powerful scholarly voice that combines theoretical rigour with detailed empirical analysis. This book will reinvigorate the debate on India’s economic transition.”
    Rahul Mukherji, Pacific Affairs

    "As the title indicates this book by Atul Kohli sets out to explain both the remarkable economic growth in India during the last three decades and the disappointing lack of success in combating poverty … India’s political economy is notoriously difficult to summarise and predict but irrespective of this, Kohli’s book will be a standard reference work on India’s political economy at the beginning of the twenty-first century."
    Jørgen Dige Pedersen, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521735179
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Political change: illusions of inclusion
    2. State and economy: want amid plenty
    3. Regional diversity: to him who hath

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Asia in Motion
    • Development and Anti-Development
    • Great Transformations: Understanding the Rise of India and China
    • Politics of the World Economy
  • Author

    Atul Kohli, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Atul Kohli is the David K. E. Bruce Professor of International Affairs and a Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He has edited and authored numerous books, including The State and Poverty in India (1987), Democracy and Discontent: India's Growing Crisis of Governability (1991) and State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery (2004).


    • A Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2012 on Asia and the Pacific

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