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The Myth of the Shrinking StateGlobalization and the State in India$
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Baldev. Raj. Nayar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195699395

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699395.001.0001

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An Advancing but Inequalizing Economy, A Lagging (Likely Ailing) State

An Advancing but Inequalizing Economy, A Lagging (Likely Ailing) State

(p.173) Chapter 7 An Advancing but Inequalizing Economy, A Lagging (Likely Ailing) State
The Myth of the Shrinking State

Baldev Raj Nayar

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the performance of the state with regard to the supply of some important public goods, such as internal security, education, and health. It finds the state to be seriously lagging behind the performance of the economy. One consequence of this performance of the state has been the resort by the public to the market for such goods. In the changed context of politics after the passing of the first generation of post-independence leadership, the factors of social diversity and political democracy as presently practised are also, regrettably, responsible for the lag in the state's performance. While the economic arena has seen considerable reform as part of economic liberalization, there has been little reform in the area of governance.

Keywords:   economic dynamism, performance, security, education, health, leadership, social diversity, political democracy, economic liberalization, poverty

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