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Mapping PowerThe Political Economy of Electricity in India's States$
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Navroz K. Dubash, Sunila S. Kale, and Ranjit Bharvirkar

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199487820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199487820.001.0001

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Poverty in the Midst of Abundance

Poverty in the Midst of Abundance

Repressive Populism, Bureaucratization, and Supply-side Bias in Madhya Pradesh’s Power Sector

(p.155) 7 Poverty in the Midst of Abundance
Mapping Power

Ashwini K. Swain

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Madhya Pradesh is in a low level equilibrium of low quality supply, high loss levels, low collection efficiency, and growing subsidy. This outcome persists despite a reform effort, but one which only consolidated bureaucratic control and introduced a tariff shock without tangible gains to the population. The state has bet on electricity supply as a growth industry, increasing capacity five-fold since 2000, but the resultant overcapacity could further limit room to manoeuvre. The electricity sector continues to be perceived as a political risk, a perception shaped by a post-reform loss by the reforming party, the India National Congress, in 2003.

Keywords:   electricity, politics, Madhya Pradesh, India, power, reform, political economy, regulation, governance, renewable energy, access

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