Coping with Inequalities

Zoya Hasan

in Congress after Indira

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195685978
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082216 | DOI:
Coping with Inequalities

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Reconciling the welfare of the people at large with economic liberalization alongside political pressures for distribution was the greatest challenge confronted by the Congress after it returned to power in 2004. Against the background of the sharp recovery staged by the Congress in the 2004 parliamentary elections, the chapter examines the change in the approach to state intervention and the emphasis on social policy through centrally sponsored schemes to rebuild political support. It describes how the government addressed the serious imbalances between growth and distribution through a substantial increase in social sector allocations. This chapter argues that policy performance helped to determine the outcome of the election in favour of the Congress and the United Progressive Alliance in 2009.

Keywords: Congress; welfare; economic liberalization; social policy; political support; social sector allocations; United Progressive Alliance

Chapter.  9067 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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