Shaping Policy in India

Alliance, Advocacy, Activism

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9780199475537

Publication date:

18/09/2017

Hardback

400 pages

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ISBN:

9780199475537

Publication date:

18/09/2017

Hardback

400 pages

Rajesh Chakrabarti and Kaushiki Sanyal

How effective is the Indian polity in making laws and policies to address changing ground realities? How do its gears work? Which stakeholder groups are more successful in bringing about policy change, through what methods, and in what contexts? Seeking to answer these questions, Shaping Policy in India takes a close look at nine landmark Indian laws and legislative attempts to reveal the sociopolitical process of policy formulation in the world’s largest democracy.

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Rajesh Chakrabarti and Kaushiki Sanyal

Description

How effective is the Indian polity in making laws and policies to address changing ground realities? How do its gears work? Which stakeholder groups are more successful in bringing about policy change, through what methods, and in what contexts? Seeking to answer these questions, Shaping Policy in India takes a close look at nine landmark Indian laws and legislative attempts to reveal the sociopolitical process of policy formulation in the world’s largest democracy.
Offering in-depth accounts of the evolution of these nine major legislations, this book interrogates the suitability of existing political theories to explain the policy development process in an emerging economy like India. It covers recent events in the 1999–2014 period that have underlined the role of non-government players in law-making in India, as well as long-standing movements like right to information, right to education, and food security. Case studies have been used to assess the complexity against the relief of existing political theories, invariably developed in the West and to identify gaps in current political theory in understanding the nature of issue-based political movements, advocacy, and activism. The book then takes a few initial steps towards suggesting a paradigm based on complexity theory that may better serve to illuminate this critical part of the political process.

About the Authors

Rajesh Chakrabarti
is professor and executive vice dean at the Jindal Global Business School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India.
Kaushiki Sanyal founded Sunay Policy Advisory, a policy research and consulting start-up based in Gurgaon, India, along with Rajesh Chakrabarti, and is currently heading it.

Rajesh Chakrabarti and Kaushiki Sanyal

Table of contents


List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes
Foreword by Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations

1. The Policymaking Process: Overview and Theoretical Frameworks

2. Activism and Law Making: Extant Theories, Their Applicability, and New Findings

3. The Road to the Competition Act, 2001

4. Leveraging Grass-roots Activism: The Right to Information Act, 2005

5. The Journey to the Right to Education Act, 2009

6. The Struggle against Child Labour

7. Unfulfilled Promises: The Microfinance Bill, 2012 169

8. Accelerated Change: The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013

9. Ensuring Food Security

10. The Tactics of Protest: Getting to the Lokpal Act

11. The Evolving Story of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013

12. In Search of a New Theory

Bibliography
Index
About the Authors

Rajesh Chakrabarti and Kaushiki Sanyal

Features

  • Provides comprehensive overview of laws and policies that have affected the development process and India’s emerging economy.
  • It explores the interaction of political parties, bureaucracy, media, judiciary, and civil society groups in shaping policy in contemporary India.
  • Tracing areas like education, information, jan lokpal, food security, land acquisition, among others, the authors attempt to offer a new theoretical framework in understanding public policy.

Rajesh Chakrabarti and Kaushiki Sanyal

Review


‘This is an insightful book on a very important aspect of public life in contemporary India. Its value is enhanced by the fact that the country is undergoing major political changes.’
André Béteille, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Delhi


‘Anywhere in the democratic world, the journey of a law is long and complex, with its origins frequently debated, and its evolution almost always marked with conflict and controversy. Every bill presented in Parliament invariably bears marks of those battles and compromises. Unfortunately, the grammar of policy making in India—from felt need to legislation—is rarely studied. The present volume fills this important void. Using case studies to understand the unique journeys of some laws is a welcome effort.’
C.V. Madhukar, Omidyar Network, and co-founder, PRS Legislative Research


‘Chakrabarti and Sanyal take a suitably pragmatic approach, identifying some useful theories (such as complexity theory) and insights (such as that the policy process does not resemble a cycle with clear stage) that seem to travel across time and space, and building new insights from case studies to explain the passage of nine “landmark laws” since 1999. The end result is an engaging book which highlights the potential for a new research agenda in India.’
Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Division of History and Politics, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.

Rajesh Chakrabarti and Kaushiki Sanyal

Description

How effective is the Indian polity in making laws and policies to address changing ground realities? How do its gears work? Which stakeholder groups are more successful in bringing about policy change, through what methods, and in what contexts? Seeking to answer these questions, Shaping Policy in India takes a close look at nine landmark Indian laws and legislative attempts to reveal the sociopolitical process of policy formulation in the world’s largest democracy.
Offering in-depth accounts of the evolution of these nine major legislations, this book interrogates the suitability of existing political theories to explain the policy development process in an emerging economy like India. It covers recent events in the 1999–2014 period that have underlined the role of non-government players in law-making in India, as well as long-standing movements like right to information, right to education, and food security. Case studies have been used to assess the complexity against the relief of existing political theories, invariably developed in the West and to identify gaps in current political theory in understanding the nature of issue-based political movements, advocacy, and activism. The book then takes a few initial steps towards suggesting a paradigm based on complexity theory that may better serve to illuminate this critical part of the political process.

About the Authors

Rajesh Chakrabarti
is professor and executive vice dean at the Jindal Global Business School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India.
Kaushiki Sanyal founded Sunay Policy Advisory, a policy research and consulting start-up based in Gurgaon, India, along with Rajesh Chakrabarti, and is currently heading it.

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Reviews


‘This is an insightful book on a very important aspect of public life in contemporary India. Its value is enhanced by the fact that the country is undergoing major political changes.’
André Béteille, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Delhi


‘Anywhere in the democratic world, the journey of a law is long and complex, with its origins frequently debated, and its evolution almost always marked with conflict and controversy. Every bill presented in Parliament invariably bears marks of those battles and compromises. Unfortunately, the grammar of policy making in India—from felt need to legislation—is rarely studied. The present volume fills this important void. Using case studies to understand the unique journeys of some laws is a welcome effort.’
C.V. Madhukar, Omidyar Network, and co-founder, PRS Legislative Research


‘Chakrabarti and Sanyal take a suitably pragmatic approach, identifying some useful theories (such as complexity theory) and insights (such as that the policy process does not resemble a cycle with clear stage) that seem to travel across time and space, and building new insights from case studies to explain the passage of nine “landmark laws” since 1999. The end result is an engaging book which highlights the potential for a new research agenda in India.’
Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, Division of History and Politics, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.

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Table of contents


List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes
Foreword by Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations

1. The Policymaking Process: Overview and Theoretical Frameworks

2. Activism and Law Making: Extant Theories, Their Applicability, and New Findings

3. The Road to the Competition Act, 2001

4. Leveraging Grass-roots Activism: The Right to Information Act, 2005

5. The Journey to the Right to Education Act, 2009

6. The Struggle against Child Labour

7. Unfulfilled Promises: The Microfinance Bill, 2012 169

8. Accelerated Change: The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013

9. Ensuring Food Security

10. The Tactics of Protest: Getting to the Lokpal Act

11. The Evolving Story of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013

12. In Search of a New Theory

Bibliography
Index
About the Authors

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