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The Political Economy of Federalism in India$
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Nirvikar Singh and Govinda Rao

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195686937

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195686937.001.0001

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A Historical Review of Indian Federalism

A Historical Review of Indian Federalism

(p.41) 3 A Historical Review of Indian Federalism
The Political Economy of Federalism in India

M. Govinda Rao

Nirvikar Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the history of India’s federal structures. It provides an overview of political developments during the British period and describes the issues concerning federalism as they arose during the drafting of the Indian Constitution and the resolution of those issues in the Constitution. It describes the changes in Centre–state relations after the adoption of the Constitution in 1950 and discusses the history of local government in post-independence India. It also identifies the centripetal bias in India’s federal structures and illustrates how these have played out in practice.

Keywords:   federal structures, India, common market, governance, Centre–state relations, British period, federalism, Indian Constitution, local government

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