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Reinventing Social Democratic Development: Insights from Indian and Scandinavian Comparisons
Published by NIAS Press
Can social democratic development be reinvented? This pioneering book by concerned scholars looks at experiences of social democratic development in Scandinavia and India. By comparing situations, they explore the possibilities for a reinvention of social democracy in an age of uneven development in the South and growing inequality globally.
In an age where vast global forces are bringing massive change, can social democratic development be reinvented? Drawing on similar concerns to those voiced by Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in their US presidential primary campaigns, this pioneering book by concerned scholars looks at experiences of social democratic development in Scandinavia and India. By comparing situations both in the North and South, they seek to explore the possibilities for the reinvention of social democracy in an age of uneven development in the South and growing inequality globally.
Preface; Notes on the Authors; PART ONE: INTRODUCTION; 1. Social Democratic Development (Olle Tornquist with John Harriss); PART TWO: COMPARATIVE ANALYSES; 2. Lineages of Democratic Development: India and Scandinavia (John Harriss and Olle Tornquist); 3. Comparative Notes on Indian Experiments in Social Democracy: Kerala and West Bengal (John Harriss and Olle Tornquist); PART THREE: POLITICAL COLLECTIVITIES; 4. From Local Citizenship to the Politics of Universal Welfare: Scandinavian Insights (Hilde Sandvik); 5. What are the Prospects for a Social Democratic Alliance in India Today? (John Harriss); PART FOUR: LINKAGES BETWEEN STATE AND SOCIETY; 6. Governance Reforms in India (N. C. Saxena); 7. Strengthening Control or Fostering Trust? Indian Politics and Scandinavian Experiences (Torsten Svensson); PART FIVE: RIGHTS AND WELFARE; 8. The Chequered History of Social Rights in India (Neera Chandhoke); 9. Welfare State - India and Scandinavia: Social Rights, Decommodification, Democracy (Fredrik Engelstad); PART SIX: EQUITY AND GROWTH; 10. Social Equality as a Development Strategy (Kalle Moene); 11. Democratic Development in India: Reflections on Problems and Prospects (Pranab Bardhan); PART SEVEN: CONCLUSIONS; 12. Implications for Scandinavian Social Democracy and International Cooperation (Olle Tornquist); 13. What Are the Prospects Now for Social Democratic Development? (Olle Tornquist and John Harriss); Bibliography; Index
Olle Tornquist, Professor of Political Science and Development Research, University of Oslo, has written widely on radical politics, development and democratisation. In addition to parts of India, his main empirical focus since the 1970s is Indonesia, where he also co-directs research with scholarly activists. Previously Director of the LSE's Development Studies Institute, John Harriss is Professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He has written extensively on institutions and the politics of development, and on the politics and society of India.
Reviewer: Nicolas Levi
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