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Seeking Middle Ground: Land, Markets and Public Policy

Amitendu Palit (Editor)

Land is a subject of great conflict and debate in India. Over the last decade, it has influenced electoral verdicts and political fortunes and remains one of the most persistent challenges facing the nation. This book argues that the focus on politics and land acquisition has deflected attention from the possibilities of market-oriented approaches that are becoming relevant because of booming, but diverse, land markets. It aims to nudge the discussion towards a better understanding of the complementary strengths of state- and market-led approaches to the many problems of land in rural and urban India.eaturing original essays from leading analysts, this book examines the agrarian crisis and urbanization, laws and policies, displacement and compensation, factories and housing, cooperation and conflict, and other vital issues affecting land at the regional and national level. These multiple lines of enquiry make this book a critical and objective commentary on contemporary India and its ongoing economic, socio-political, and legal struggles with land.   

Contents: 1. Introduction: Reframing the Land Debate in India-Bringing the Market Back into a Political Discussion/Sanjoy Chakravorty and Amitendu Palit. Part I: The Challenge of Land: 2. Land, Poverty and Displacement: The Indian Malady/Abhirup Sarkar. 3. The Dilemma of Balancing Growth and Social Justice: A Retrospective View on Agriculture, Land, and Rural India/Subrata K. Mitra. 4. Debating Land: The Indian Parliament and the Question of Land/Ronojoy Sen. 5. Land Acquisition in India: The Political Economy of Changing the Law/Sanjoy Chakravorty. Part II: A Variety of Land Markets: 6. How the Market Mechanism Can Be Utilized in Land Acquisition: Case Studies in Foshan and Sanand/Yinghong Huang. 7. Land Making and Industry Making in Tamil Nadu/Sojin Shin. 8. Unpacking the Double Movement: Contentious Land Acquisition in India/Manjusha Nair. 9. Locational Politics of Land: Antagonistic Cooperation in Western Maharashtra/Sai Balakrishnan. Part III: A Range of Land Policies: 10. Land Market Distortions in India/K.P. Krishnan, Venkatesh Panchapagesan, and Madalasa Venkataraman. 11. The Effect of Urban Land-Use Regulations on Density: The Case of Selected Indian Cities/Kala Seetharam Sridhar. 12. Towards a Market for Land in India: Post-LARR Development Makes It Necessary/Subhomoy Bhattacharjee. 13. Land in India: Meddling in Muddled Markets/Amitendu Palit. Bibliography. Index  

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Title Seeking Middle Ground: Land, Markets and Public Policy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 05.08.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0199097674, 9780199495450
length 340p.