Social Science Research in India: Status, Issues, and Policies

ISBN : 9780199474417

Sukhadeo Thorat; Samar Verma
656 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
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Social science research has a vital role in enriching societies, by generating scientific knowledge that brings insights-even enlightenment-in understanding the dynamics of human behaviour and development. For social sciences to realize their potential in shaping public policy, it is imperative that the research ecosystem is dynamic and vibrant; the institutions governing it are robust and effective; and those producing quality research are strong and well governed. This volume elaborates on various dimensions of social science research in India, presenting a strong case for designing a comprehensive national social science policy which can meaningfully strengthen and promote a research ecosystem for improved public policymaking in the country. Addressing issues like lack of funding, availability of data, infrastructure, and quality of research output, it will serve as a national benchmark and reference database for social sciences in India.


List of Tables and Figures
Foreword by Alberto Martinelli
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
1 Introduction

Section I Research Infrastructure
2 Research Infrastructure: Social Science Departments in Universities
3 Research Institutes in SSR
4 Research Journals in Social Sciences
5 International Collaborations as Research Infrastructure

Section II Research Output
6 Research Output: Discipline-wise Analysis of Themes

Section III Quality of Research
7 Quality of Social Science Research in India
8 Quality of Publication in International Context
Section IV Policy Impact of Social Science Research
9 Policy Impact: Evidence on Central Government Policies
10 Policy Impact: Evidence from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Section V Research Funding
11 Funding for Social Science Research: Government Sources
12 Funding for Social Science Research: International and Corporate

Section VI Social Science Policy
13 Social Science Policy in India

List of Advisory Committee Members
About the Editors and Contributors

About the author: 

Sukhadeo Thorat is Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi and Professor Emeritus, Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.; Samar Verma is Senior Program Specialist, International Development Research Center (IDRC), Canada, Asia Regional Office, New Delhi.

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