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An Advancing but Inequalizing Economy, A Lagging (Likely Ailing) State

Baldev Raj Nayar

in The Myth of the Shrinking State

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780195699395
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080526 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195699395.003.0007
An Advancing but Inequalizing Economy, A Lagging (Likely Ailing) State

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This chapter examines the performance of the state with regard to the supply of some important public goods, such as internal security, education, and health. It finds the state to be seriously lagging behind the performance of the economy. One consequence of this performance of the state has been the resort by the public to the market for such goods. In the changed context of politics after the passing of the first generation of post-independence leadership, the factors of social diversity and political democracy as presently practised are also, regrettably, responsible for the lag in the state's performance. While the economic arena has seen considerable reform as part of economic liberalization, there has been little reform in the area of governance.

Keywords: economic dynamism; performance; security; education; health; leadership; social diversity; political democracy; economic liberalization; poverty

Chapter.  19279 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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