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Rajesh Chakrabarti and Kaushiki Sanyal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199475537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199475537.001.0001

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Activism and Law Making

Activism and Law Making

Extant Theories, Their Applicability, and New Findings

(p.29) 2 Activism and Law Making
Shaping Policy in India

Rajesh Chakrabarti

Kaushiki Sanyal

Oxford University Press

This chapter seeks to outline the nature and extent of the elbow-room Indian democracy provides to various players and delve a little deeper to examine how well the established theories explain the Indian reality. It summarizes of the post-Independence institutional development of Indian politics before delving into a systematic exposition of major policy making frameworks. The theories expounded include, a) incrementalism; b) public choice; c) institutional rational choice; d) subsystems; e) advocacy coalition; f) punctuated equilibrium; and g) multiple streams approach. Next it provides a summary of the nine case studies covered in the subsequent chapters connecting them to the theories discussed. It concludes by pointing to the several questions that the case studies beget about policymaking in India. The observations from case studies would be held against the relief of these established models to check how well the models apply to the Indian setting.

Keywords:   theories of law making, synopsis of case studies, social movements, Indian democracy

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