Shaping Policy in India: Alliance, Advocacy, Activism

ISBN : 9780199475537

Rajesh Chakrabarti; Kaushiki Sanyal
312 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Oct 2017
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The book explores the interaction of political parties, bureaucracy, media, judiciary, and civil society groups in shaping policy in contemporary India. By researching the evolution of nine major legislations using a consistent lens, the work interrogates the suitability of existing political theories to explain the policy development process in an emerging economy like India. It covers recent events such as the agitation for the Jan Lokpal Bill and the Nirbhaya case that have underlined the role of non-government players in law-making in India as well as long-standing movements like for right to information, right to education, and food security. The authors have used the case study method to undertake a holistic study of the policy decisions made in the last two decades. Interdisciplinary in nature, this book borrows tools and concepts used in business studies, political science, and sociology to bring a new understanding to the process of policy in India.


Foreword by Pratap Bhanu Mehta
1 The Policy Making Process: Overview and Theoretical Frameworks
2 Activism and Law Making: Extant Theories, Their Applicability, and New Findings
3 The Road to the Competition Act, 2001
4 Leveraging Grassroot Activism: The Right to Information Act, 2005
5 The Journey to the Right to Education Act, 2009
6 The Struggle Against Child Labour
7 Unfulfilled Promises: The Microfinance Bill, 2012
8 Accelerated Change: The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013
9 Ensuring Food Security
10 The Tactic of Protest: Getting to the Lokpal Act, 2013
11 The Evolving Story of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013
12 In Search of a New Theory
About the Co-authors

About the author: 

The husband-wife co-authors live in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi and love to travel. Rajesh is currently Professor and Executive Vice Dean at the Jindal Global Business School at the O. P. Jindal Global University. Kaushiki heads Sunay Policy Advisory, a policy research and consulting start-up based in Gurgaon, that they co-founded. Their Oxford India Short Introduction to Public Policy in India was published by OUP in 2016.

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