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Federalism without a Centre
The Impact of Political and Economic Reform on India's Federal System


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Political Economy

January 2002 | 252 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
The book takes its name from a little-known episode in the history of Indian federalism. A statement of defiance, "Federalism Without a Centre", was issued by a group of Chief Ministers and regional leaders who met in Hyderabad in 1996. The slogan indicates the paradigm shift in federal relations in India. The book explores the new challenges posed by India's federal system with the advent of economic liberalization.

One of the outgrowths of the transformation of the party system has been the drive to re-examine federal relations. The book states, however, that it is economic liberalization that has permanently altered the federal calculus in India. It shows that states do not necessarily need to rely exclusively on the central government to control their individual economic policy. The book is the very first attempt of its kind to analyze the effect of economic liberalization on India's federal system and it provides up-to-date data on foreign direct investment and portfolio equity investment. In conclusion, it provides a unique comparison with China in showing that while India had great difficulties in implementing first generation economic reforms, it may have the upper hand in the implementation of second generation reforms, particularly privatization.

 
Introduction
 
The Development of the Federal Idea in India
 
Regional Parties and Political Reform in India
 
The Sarkaria Commission and India's Struggle for Federalism
 
The Demise of Inter-Governmental Institutions in India
A Case Study of the Inter-State Council  
 
Economic Liberalization and the Transformation of Federal Relations
 
India's Truculent Reforms in the Energy Sector
A Comparison with China  
 
The Outlook for Deregulation in the Banking and Telecommunications Sector
A Comparison between India and China  
 
Conclusion

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ISBN: 9780761995937
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