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Poverty Reduction in an Elite-Driven Democracy: The Case of India

 
V.M. Rao (Author)
Synopsis This book brings out the constraints in the anti-poverty policies in India that result from the elite-driven feature of its democracy. Using a three- phase conceptual framework, the author argues that India has still not moved beyond modest achievements in alleviating hardcore poverty. In the first Part the book discusses how Human Development Indices remain very low and empowerment of the poor has not been institutionalized even at the lowest level of village Panchayats. In the second Part the author discusses the important, but relatively neglected, theme of poverty generating processes with special focus on the marginalisation process in agriculture and policy weaknesses in creating livelihoods for the poor. In the last Part the author pleads for policy-making that is based on a ‘systemic view’ of poverty rather than the prevailing ‘statistical view’ for dealing with the merging phase in poverty reduction.
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About the author

V.M. Rao

V.M. Rao (b. 1954) holds a doctorate in Dairy Economics and is currently working as Professor and HOD, Department of Research and Publications at Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management, Pune. He has earlier worked with National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad (1984-88), Ahmedabad (1988-92). On a British Council’s fellowship, Prof. Rao visited Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom. He has authored/co-authored six books: (a) Dairy Framing Socio-Economic analysis of Milk Production (1991), (b) Castor Economy: A Profile and analysis of India and International Market (1991), (c) International Castor Oil Market: An Econometric Analysis (1994), (d) Developing Agro Enterprises Among Farm Women: A Case of Amul (2000), (e) Empowering Farm Women through Dairy Cooperatives: A Study in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka (2003), and (f) Socio-Economic Status of Tribal women in Arunachal Pradesh (2003). Besides these books, he has published over 60 research papers in various professional journals/books. Dr. Rao also participated in a number of national and international seminars/conferences. His areas of interest are (a) animal husbandry economics, (b) agri-business management, and (c) gender related issues. He has completed 19 research studies sponsored by Government of India, ICSSR, and other state governments in the above areas during 1980-02. Currently, he is engaged in (a) integrating tribal women into cooperative: an experience of Girijan cooperative corporation, (b) impact of women dairy project in Orissa, and (c) impact of women dairy project (Phase 4) in Bihar.

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Title Poverty Reduction in an Elite-Driven Democracy: The Case of India
Author V.M. Rao
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Daanish Books
Language: English
isbn 8190294687
length xxiii+328p., Tables; References; Index; 23cm.