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Indian Development: Selected Regional Perspectives

 
Jean Dreze (Editor) Amartya Sen (Editor)
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Contents: Figures and Tables 1. Radical Needs and Moderate Reforms/Amartya Sen 2. Uttar Pradesh: The Burden of Inertia/Jean Drèze and Haris Gazdar 3. Agrarian Politics and Rural Development in West Bengal/Sunil Sengupta and Haris Gazdar 4. On Kerala's Development Achievements/V. K. Ramachandran 5. Mortality, Fertility, and Gender Bias in India/Mamta Murthi, Anne-Catherine Guio, and Jean DrèzeThis is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations.India is a country of great diversity. The commonly used indicators of `quality of life' (such as life expectancy, infant mortality, and literacy) vary tremendously between the different states, rivalling international contrasts between very low performing countries and very high achieving ones.This volume of essays reflects an attempt to draw lessons from the disparate experiences within India, rather than from contrasts with the experiences of other countries. It supplements Drèze and Sen's India: Economic Development and Social Opportunity, which studies what we can learn from international comparisons of policies, actions, and achievements.The essays challenge exclusively economic judgements of the development process. The first task is to identify the ends of economic and social development in order to have a basis in which to found the means and strategies. The second task is to understand a wider range of means than those related simply to the use or non-use of markets.The first two overview essays study the issues at the national level, focusing on policy debates and district-by-district demographic indicators, respectively. They are followed by detailed case studies of three very different states: Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, and West Bengal.

 

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About the authors

Jean Dreze

Jean Dre'ze is Honorary Professor, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.

Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen is Lamont University Professor at Harvard. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 and was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1998-2004. His most recent books are Development as Freedom and Rationality and Freedom. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Development: Selected Regional Perspectives
Format Softcover
Date published: 11.12.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher OUP Publisher
Language: English
isbn 9780198865674
length 448p.