Bargaining, Control, and Commitment

M. Govinda Rao and Nirvikar Singh

in The Political Economy of Federalism in India

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195686937
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080571 | DOI:

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

Bargaining, Control, and Commitment

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This chapter evaluates the role of bargaining, control, and commitment in shaping the structure of the Indian federation and in its working. It identifies the factors that have led to the strong centralizing features of the federal constitution that was crafted after independence. It discusses the asymmetries in India’s federal structures, problems of commitment for the Central government, and issues of bargaining between the Centre and states, and between the Centre and various constituent groups.

Keywords: bargaining; control; commitment; Indian federation; federal constitution; Central government; North-east India; Conflict in Punjab; Conflict in Kashmir; legislation; administration

Chapter.  12252 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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