The Myth of the Shrinking State: Globalization and the State in India

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9780195699395: The Myth of the Shrinking State: Globalization and the State in India

This study investigates the nature of the impact of globalization on the Indian state. It takes as its point of departure the thesis, set out in the introductory essay, that globalization has resulted in the erosion of the economic and welfare roles of the state.According to the author, the shift to liberalization, the resurgence of the private sector, and the acceleration of growth rate paradoxically "empowered" and "enabled" the state. He argues that the examination of the quantitative data strongly points to the continued expansion of the economic and welfare roles of the state, rather than decline. Therefore, the retrenchment of the state does not have much merit. He emphasizes on the fundamental continuity in the key functions of the state. He concludes by saying that the state is lagging behind in the areas of internal security, education and health, and makes suggestions for institutional reforms.

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Baldev Raj Nayar is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, McGill University, Canada

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"College-level audiences studying India's social system and political structure need this: it provides in-depth, scholarly analysis backed by economic and political facts and considers the workings of the state's system and impact." --Midwest Book Review

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