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	Power, Policy, and Protest

Power, Policy, and Protest

The Politics of India’s Special Economic Zones

Loraine KENNEDY , Rob JENKINS , Partha MUKHOPADHYAY
Loraine Kennedy, Rob Jenkins, Partha Mukhopadhyay (ed.)
Inde,  Oxford University Press,  [2014],  396 p.
Prix : 1,145.00 INR

India's attempt to spur growth, boost exports, and create jobs by establishing Special Economic Zones remains a paradox. While the policy represents an intensification of the country's increasingly market-oriented development paradigm, implementation has required active government involvement. But an industrialization strategy pioneered in authoritarian China has faced huge political resistance in democratic India. Protest movements arose in many localities where SEZs were proposed. A crucial  point of contention has been the alienation of private and community-owned land by business interests, abetted by the state.

To date, no systematic study of the politics of India's SEZ experiment has been undertaken. This volume fills this gap, examining variations in protest movements within and between eleven states where SEZs were proposed. Detailed case studies investigate differences in the nature and extent of SEZ-related political mobilization and the means employed by governments to manage dissent. By covering a broad range of regional contexts, industrial sectors, and political conditions, this volume furnishes a comprehensive picture of the politics surrounding one of India's most controversial reform measures.

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