Documenting Reforms

Documenting Reforms

Case Studies From India
Subject: Economics
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ISBN 9781403930255
Binding Hard cover
Imprints Macmillan Publishers India
Edition 1
Language English

About the Book

Documenting Reforms is an attempt at documenting and understanding the process of reforms in India. In eleven of the most important areas, top experts have made an effort to describe the successes and failures that India has experienced in reforms.

Many books and papers have been written discussing policy alternatives and strategies for India, mostly involving a critique of the present situation, and a forward-looking evaluation of the available alternatives. This volume is an attempt at a more detailed narrative about what was done and why. The case studies look back; document what was attempted, what worked and what did not work, and the reasons underlying success or failure.

If there is a unifying theme in the volume, it is that of redefining the role of the State in producing and delivering public goods. What appears to have been at work is a broad-based effort at reforming the role of the State. This has ranged from areas such as better functioning of elections to the use of information technology for improving tax administration.

The insights into the evolution of the role and functioning of the Indian State will no doubt illuminate the next cohort of intellectuals and reformers in India.

About Author

Dr S Narayan (IAS, 1965 batch), with nearly four decades (1965 to 2004) in public service in the State and Central Governments, in Development admini- stration, was the Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister during 2003-04. His key responsibility was monitoring of the special economic agenda of the Cabinet on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Prior to this assignment, Dr Narayan served the Government of India as Finance & Economic Affairs Secretary, Secretary in the Departments of Revenue, Petroleum, Industrial Development and Coal. As Secretary, Petroleum & Natural Gas, he was responsible for policy formulation and implementation in the hydrocarbon sector. Between 2000 and 2003, in the Ministry of Finance, his responsibilities included formulation of macroeconomic policy for the Government, tariff and taxation policies as well as initiatives for modernising the capital markets. Earlier, as Secretary, Rural Development, in Tamil Nadu, between 1989 and 1995, he was responsible for launching microcredit group initiatives for the rural sector.


Contributors

Anand Bordia; S.A. Dave; Bibek Debroy; Ashok Lahiri; T.S. Krishna Murthy; S. Narayan; Urjit R. Patel; Ajay Shah; R.V. Shahi; Nirvikar Singh; Sri Kumar Tadimalla; Susan Thomas

Table of Contents

  • · Foreword · INTRODUCTION · Goals · Macroeconomic Policy · Governance · Regulation · Physical Infrastructure · Lessons · Individuals Matter · Part I MACROECONOMIC POLICY REFORMS · MACROECONOMIC POLICY REFORMS IN INDIA – Ashok K. Lahiri · STATE FINANCES IN INDIA: A CASE FOR SYSTEMIC REFORM – Nirvikar Singh · Part II IMPROVING GOVERNANCE · JUDICIAL REFORMS: LAW AND CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT – Bibek Debroy · ELECTORAL REFORMS IN INDIA: A CONTINUOUS PROCESS TOWARDS PERFECTION – T.S. Krishna Murthy · IMPROVING GOVERNANCE USING LARGE IT SYSTEMS – Ajay Shah · Part III REGULATORY REFORMS · INDIA’S PENSION REFORM: A CASE STUDY IN COMPLEX INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE – Surendra Dave · HOW THE FINANCIAL SECTOR IN INDIA WAS REFORMED – Susan Thomas · Part IVPHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE · INFRASTRUCTURE REFORMS IN INDIA: A CASE STUDY OF POWER SECTOR– R.V. Shahi · REFORMS IN THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR – S. Narayan · THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT: A MILESTONE IN THE HIGHWAY SECTOR – Anand Bordia · INDIAN TELECOM: RINGING IN RIGHT REFORMS, EVENTUALLY – Urjit R. Patel and Sri Kumar Tadimalla · Appendix · Contributors