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India's Persistent Dilemma: The Political Economy of Agrarian Reform

F. Tomasson Jannuzi



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07 June 2019
Regional studies; Politics & government
This study shows that the failure of successive Indian governments to effect meaningful agrarian reforms has led to a political economy in rural India that is shaped, as it was prior to independence, largely by the interests of an elite minority of landholders. This group, Jannuzi argues, has worked both to deny the socioeconomic changes promised by modern India's own founders and to thwart the needs and interests of the rural majority who continue to lack secure rights in land. Examining the government's inability to establish a coherent national program for agrarian reform, the author focuses on the failure of a process that, on the one hand, has guaranteed India's landholding elites strong and continuous representation in the shaping of such agrarian reforms as were legislated and partially implemented and, on the other, has given no meaningful voice to the people at the base of what he calls the hierarchy of interests in land in rural India. The author skillfully interweaves three major themes: (1) the remarkable continuity in the thinking of policy makers in both colonial and independent India as they struggled to articulate and promote agrarian policies; (2) the persistence of economic arguments for agrarian reform that emphasize the idea that large units of cultivation offer inherent productive efficiency advantages over small holdings; and (3) the role of both British and Indian decision makers in maintaining a conceptual dichotomy between the issue of increasing productivity and the issue of distributive justice. Noting the expanding political participation of India's rural poor as well as the continuing need for increased agricultural productivity, Jannuzi asserts that future Indian leaders must emphasize the complementarity of the goals of productivity growth and distributive justice. As they seek to form a political nexus with the rural majority, future leaders will be challenged to implement agrarian policies that actually transform the political econ
By:   F. Tomasson Jannuzi
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Weight:   435g
ISBN:   9780367016760
ISBN 10:   0367016761
Pages:   150
Publication Date:   07 June 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface -- Pre-Independence Visions of Agrarian Reform and Rural Development -- Post-Independence Perspectives on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development -- Post-Independence Implementation of Agrarian Reform -- The Repeating Cycle of Agrarian Reform and Rural Unrest -- The Ineffective Formulation of Agrarian Reform Policy -- The Persistent Dilemma

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