ISBN : 9780199487820
India's electricity sector remains marked by financial indebtedness and low access and quality. To understand why, Mapping Power provides the first thorough analysis of the political economy of electricity in Indian states. The book examines how the political economy of power both shapes and is shaped by a state's political economy. It concludes that attempts to depoliticize the sector are misplaced. Instead, successful reform efforts should aim at a positive dynamic between electricity reform and electoral success.
List of Figures and Tables List of Abbreviations Introduction: A Framework for Mapping Power Sunila S. Kale, Navroz K. Dubash and Ranjit Bharvirkar 1. Transforming Reforms: Hype, Hostility and Placation in Andhra Pradesh's Power Sector Reforms Ashwini K. Swain 2. Disempowerment of Incumbent Elite and Governance: A Case of Bihar's Electricity Sector Md. Zakaria Siddiqui 3. Wielding Power in the Capital: The Case of the Delhi Electricity Distribution Sector Megha Kaladharan 4. Gujarat's Success in Efficient Electricity Distribution: A Call for Proactive Governance to Further Gains Siddharth Sareen 5. Extractive States and Layered Conflict: The Case of Jharkhand's Electricity Sector Rohit Chandra 6. Efficiency and Welfare: the Tightrope Walk in Karnataka's Power Sector Meera Sudhakar 7. Poverty in the Midst of Abundance: Repressive Populism, Bureaucratization, and Supply-Side Bias in Madhya Pradesh's Power Sector Ashwini K. Swain 8. Paradoxes of Distribution
Reforms in Maharashtra Kalpana Dixit 9. Endless Restructuring of the Power Sector in Odisha: A Sisyphean Tale? Mrigakshi Das and Mahaprajna Nayak 10. Protecting Power: The Politics of Partial Reforms in Punjab Ashwini K. Swain 11. Electricity Distribution in Rajasthan: Unbundling theRecurrent Failures of a Politicised Sector Siddharth Sareen 12. Tamil Nadu Power Sector - the Saga of the Subsidy Trap Hema Ramakrishnan 13. Stalled Reform in the Face of Electoral Fears: Uttar Pradesh's Electricity Distribution Sector Jonathan Balls 14. Uttarakhand: The Golden Combination of Cheap Energy and a Large Industrial Base Jonathan Balls 15. Insulated Wires: The Precarious Rise of West Bengal's Power Sector Elizabeth Chatterjee Mapping Power: Comparative Analysis across States Navroz K. Dubash, Ranjit Bharvirkar and Sunila S. Kale Index About the Editors and Contributors.