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Forests: The People and the Government

Renu Khator (Author)
Synopsis The welfare role of the state has allowed the bureaucracy to venture into new areas of regulation, and consequently, to assume a leviathanian role in the modern society. But, what is the cost of this bureaucratic intervention? Is regulation cost effective to the society? With these questions as the bases of analysis, this book examines the outcome of the forest policy process in India. An analysis of the forest policy indicates that the realization of the deforestation problem occurred as early as in the 1860s. since then, the government has been relying on the regulatory capabilities of the bureaucracy to control the sources of deforestation. Regulations, it is argued, are necessary to restrict the destructive use of forests by the people, especially the forest-dwellers. Contrary to this argument, environmentalists blame the corrupt, and selfish behaviour of bureaucrats for the damage done to the forests. Despite of an extensive legal network, nation continues to lose more than one million hectares of forests each year. This book provides an statistical analysis of the causes of deforestation in India states. After assessing the influence of several independent variables-political, economic, bureaucratic, and demographic-on deforestation, the study concludes that the bureaucracy, indeed, has failed in its regulatory role.
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About the author

Renu Khator

Dr. Renu Khator is a member of the faculty in the Departments of Political Science and International Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Kanpur University, she attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, where she obtaiend her master's degree, and then her Ph.D. Her research interests include the issues of environmetnal deterioration, and women's status in Asian societies. She has published several articles in international and Indian journals, including the International Journal of Environmental Studies (Great Britain), Journal of Developing Societies (Canada), Indian Journal of Public Administration, and Indian Journal of Political Science.

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Title Forests: The People and the Government
Author Renu Khator
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1989
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185135398
length xiv+133p., Figures; Tables; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.