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When India became independent in 1947 after two centuries of colonial rule, it immediately adopted a firmly democratic political system, with multiple parties, freedom of speech, and extensive political rights. The famines of the British era disappeared, and steady economic growth replaced the economic stagnation of the Raj. The growth of the Indian economy quickened further over the last three decades and became the second fastest among large economies. Despite a recent dip, it is still one of the highest in the world. Maintaining rapid as well as environmentally sustainable growth remains an important and achievable goal for India. In An Uncertain Glory, two of India's leading economists argue that the country's main problems lie in the lack of attention paid to the essential needs of the people, especially of the poor, and often of women. There have been major failures both to foster participatory growth and to make good use of the public resources generated by economic growth to enhance people's living conditions. There is also a continued inadequacy of social services such as schooling and medical care as well as of physical services such as safe water, electricity, drainage, transportation, and sanitation. In the long run, even the feasibility of high economic growth is threatened by the underdevelopment of social and physical infrastructure and the neglect of human capabilities, in contrast with the Asian approach of simultaneous pursuit of economic growth and human development, as pioneered by Japan, South Korea, and China. In a democratic system, which India has great reason to value, addressing these failures requires not only significant policy rethinking by the government, but also a clearer public understanding of the abysmal extent of social and economic deprivations in the country. The deep inequalities in Indian society tend to constrict public discussion, confining it largely to the lives and concerns of the relatively affluent. Drèze and Sen present a powerful analysis of these deprivations and inequalities as well as the possibility of change through democratic practice.

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9780691160795 | Princeton Univ Pr, August 11, 2013, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: When India became independent in 1947 after two centuries of colonial rule, it immediately adopted a firmly democratic political system, with multiple parties, freedom of speech, and extensive political rights.

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9780691165523 | Princeton Univ Pr, March 22, 2015, cover price $19.95 | also contains An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions

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By Reetika Khera (editor)

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9780198070627 | Oxford Univ Pr, May 1, 2011, cover price $60.00 | About this edition: Used - Like New

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9780199257485 | 2 edition (Oxford Univ Pr, October 31, 2002), cover price $139.50

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9780199257492 | Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, November 28, 2002, cover price $53.00

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India's success in reducing endemic deprivation since Independence has been quite limited. Recent diagnoses of this failure of policy have concentrated on the counterproductive role of government regulation, and on the need for economic incentives to accelerate the growth of the economy. This book argues that an assessment of India's failure to eliminate basic deprivations has to go beyond this limited focus, and to take note of the role played in that failure by inadequate public involvement in the provision of basic education, health care, social security, and related fields, Even the fostering of fast and participatory economic growth requires some basic social change, which is not addressed by liberalization and economic incentives. The authors also discuss the historical antecedents of these political and social neglects, including the distortion of policy priorities arising from inequalities of political power. Following on from this, the book considers the scope for public action to address these earlier biases and achieve a transformation of policy priorities. Beginning with an introductory chapter presenting the motivation, focus, and approach of the book, it discusses the respective roles of the market mechanism and government action in economic development and discusses the particular role of public involvement in the fields of health and education. International comparisons of development experiences are brought to bear on the diagnosis of India's successes and failures, and the work discusses the lessons to be learnt from the contrasting development experiences of different states within India, with particular attention to Kerala's outstanding success in social fields. The authors consider the role of public action and political organization in promoting social opportunities. Attention is drawn, in particular, to the part played by widespread illiteracy in suppressing that process and perpetuating social inequalities. The work also looks at the issue of basic education, including a critical assessment of public policy in this field. The issue of gender inequality is discussed, and the role of women's agency in the expansion of social opportunities for both women and men is explored. The work concludes by consolidating the argument and discussing the policy implication of the analyses presented. A statistical appendix presents a comparative picture of India and other developing countries, and also the comparative performance of different states within India. This new work by two internationally renowned economists is an important and relevant argument for promoting human welfare. (view table of contents)

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9780198290124 | Clarendon Pr, May 23, 1996, cover price $145.00 | About this edition: India's success in reducing endemic deprivation since Independence has been quite limited.

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9780198295280 | Clarendon Pr, April 8, 1999, cover price $83.00

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Product Description: The Economics of Famine presents an important collection of outstanding contributions to the economic analysis of famine. The first part consists of theoretical papers, including Amartya Sen's classic exposition of the entitlement approach to famine analysis, various extensions and critiques of this approach, and more recent developments in the economics of famine...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By Jean Dreze (editor)

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9781858986890 | Edward Elgar Pub, March 1, 1999, cover price $285.00 | About this edition: The Economics of Famine presents an important collection of outstanding contributions to the economic analysis of famine.

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Product Description: India is a country of extreme economic and social diversity, and the performances of Indian states in eliminating basic deprivations are remarkably disparate. This book, a companion volume to Dréze's and Sen's India: Economic Development and Social Opportunity (OUP 1996), draws lessons from this diversity through three case studies (of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Kerala) and two national overviews that look at socio-economic policy and demographic indicators...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780198292043 | Clarendon Pr, October 2, 1997, cover price $205.00 | About this edition: India is a country of extreme economic and social diversity, and the performances of Indian states in eliminating basic deprivations are remarkably disparate.

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Papers presented at Narmada Forum, a workshop organized by Centre for Development Economics and the Institute of Economic Growth in December 1993.
By Jean Dreze (editor), Meera Samson (editor) and Satyajit Singh (editor)

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9780195640045 | Oxford Univ Pr, June 1, 1997, cover price $32.00 | About this edition: Papers presented at Narmada Forum, a workshop organized by Centre for Development Economics and the Institute of Economic Growth in December 1993.

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Product Description: Hailed on its initial publication as a work with immediate implications for countless lives, Dreze & Sen's The Political Economy of Hunger is the classic analysis of an extraordinary paradox: in a world of food surpluses and diseases of overeating, hunger kills millions more people each year than wars or political repression...read more
By Jean Dreze (editor), Athar Hussain (editor) and Amartya Kumar Sen

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9780198288831 | Clarendon Pr, August 24, 1995, cover price $80.00 | About this edition: Hailed on its initial publication as a work with immediate implications for countless lives, Dreze & Sen's The Political Economy of Hunger is the classic analysis of an extraordinary paradox: in a world of food surpluses and diseases of overeating, hunger kills millions more people each year than wars or political repression.

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Product Description: This volume, the second of three addressing a wide range of policy issues relating to the role of public action in combating hunger and deprivation in the modern world, deals primarily with famine prevention--paying special attention to sub-Saharan Africa...read more
By Jean Dreze (editor) and Amartya Kumar Sen (editor)

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9780198286363 | Clarendon Pr, April 11, 1991, cover price $205.00 | About this edition: This volume, the second of three addressing a wide range of policy issues relating to the role of public action in combating hunger and deprivation in the modern world, deals primarily with famine prevention--paying special attention to sub-Saharan Africa.

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Product Description: The term "social security" has a very different meaning in underdeveloped countries -- whose populations live in great insecurity -- and is best understood as poverty alleviation. This book attempts to define social security in the Third World and to examine what sort of programs are most suitable for developing countries...read more

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9780198233008 | Clarendon Pr, April 1, 1991, cover price $150.00 | About this edition: The term "social security" has a very different meaning in underdeveloped countries -- whose populations live in great insecurity -- and is best understood as poverty alleviation.

Examining the problem of hunger in the modern world and the role public opinion might play in combatting it, Drèze and Sen here provide a coherent perspective on the complex nutritional, economic, social, and political issues involved in the analysis of hunger. They explore famine prevention through a series of case studies in Africa and elsewhere, and discuss the problem of chronic undernourishment. Sen was awarded the second Agnelli Prize for the Ethical Dimension in Advanced Societies in March 1990 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the understanding of the ethical dimension in modern society. (view table of contents)

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9780198286349 | Oxford Univ Pr, September 6, 1990, cover price $45.00 | About this edition: Examining the problem of hunger in the modern world and the role public opinion might play in combatting it, Drèze and Sen here provide a coherent perspective on the complex nutritional, economic, social, and political issues involved in the analysis of hunger.

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9780198283652 | Reprint edition (Clarendon Pr, March 14, 1991), cover price $47.95

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Product Description: This last of three volumes addressing a wide range of issues relating to the role of public action in combating hunger and deprivation in the modern world, deals with strategic options for the elimination of endemic hunger. The topics covered include: the comparative extent of hunger and deprivation in different parts of the world; the influence of food production; the interconnections between economic growth and public support; the role of economic diversification in reducing vulnerability; the potential impact of direct public provisioning on living standards; and the politics of public action...read more
By Jean Dreze (editor) and Amartya Kumar Sen (editor)

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9780198286370 | Clarendon Pr, November 28, 1991, cover price $205.00 | About this edition: This last of three volumes addressing a wide range of issues relating to the role of public action in combating hunger and deprivation in the modern world, deals with strategic options for the elimination of endemic hunger.

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