I’m excited to announce that an edited volume I’ve been a part of will be coming out this May via Oxford University Press. The book, “Rethinking Public Institutions in India,” is co-edited by Devesh Kapur, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and me. The book revisits some of the themes first explored in the 2005 volume, “Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design,” also edited by Devesh and Pratap.
Here’s a preview:
While a growing private sector and a vibrant civil society can help compensate for the shortcomings of India’s public sector, the state is—and will remain—indispensable in delivering basic governance. In Rethinking Public Institutions in India, distinguished political and economic thinkers critically assess a diverse array of India’s core federal institutions, from the Supreme Court and Parliament to the Election Commission and the civil services.
Relying on interdisciplinary approaches and decades of practitioner experience, this volume interrogates the capacity of India’s public sector to navigate the far-reaching transformations the country is experiencing. An insightful introduction to the functioning of Indian democracy, it offers a roadmap for carrying out fundamental reforms that will be necessary for India to build a reinvigorated state for the twenty-first century.
If you are in Delhi on March 10, we will be hosting a book discussion with an all-star lineup of panelists. More information below: