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The Paradox of India’s North–South Divide
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The Paradox of India’s North–South Divide
Lessons from the States and Regions

  • Samuel Paul - Former Director, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and Founder, Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore
  • Kala Seetharam Sridhar - Professor and Head, Centre for Research in Urban Affairs, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore
Critical Acclaim


May 2015 | 252 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

This book addresses such issues and examines how divergence in governance and political processes has influenced their growth trajectories.

This book examines the socio-economic and political scenario of India’s southern states vis-à-vis their northern counterparts. Exploring the paradox behind the underlying North–South divide in India, it reveals that the gap was much smaller at the outset, with the North having had a head start in certain areas. It goes on to establish that although the South was somewhat better placed in terms of initial conditions, it was the post-liberalization era that saw it realizing this potential and surging forward.
 
List of Tables
 
List of Figures
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Studies of Regional Disparities: A Review
 
Has the South Performed Better than the North?
 
What Explains the North–South Divide?
 
Southern Region versus Northern Region
 
Conclusions and Policy Implications
 
Appendices
 
Bibliography
 
Index

India’s development involves some striking regional contrasts, including a broad North–South divide. This study is a valuable contribution to our understanding of this divide and how it can be bridged.

Jean Dreze
Eminent Development Economist

This book goes beyond the received literature on why the southern states of India have developed faster than the northern states of UP, Bihar, MP and Rajasthan, and searches for underlying causes with great care and clarity.

Indira Rajaraman
Former Member, Thirteenth Finance Commission

This book highlights the major differences between India’s North and South in terms of all socio-economic parameters. In particular, it demonstrates a significant reason: differences in the quality of public governance.

S.L. Rao
Former Director General, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi

The introductory chapter covered many issues pertaining to regional disparities….The volume is useful one for the researchers, academicians, policy makers and others. Such analytical study is seldom found in the recent years. The authors should be appreciated for bringing out such a worthy volume.

Journal of Rural Development, July-September 2015

“A valuable contribution to our understanding of the North-South divide and how it can be bridged” - 

Jean Dreze,
Eminent Development Economist

The book by Paul and Sridhar adopts a different track by comparing the experience of select ‘Southern’ (Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala) and ‘Northern’ (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan) states and exploring the reasons behind the growth divergence between them… In all, the present volume contributes significantly to the existing literature and should be an important point of reference for policymakers and researchers alike.

Journal of Development Policy and Practice,
Volume 1(Issue 1), January 2016

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ISBN: 9789351501411
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