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Power, Policy, and Protest: The Politics of India's Special Economic Zones

Rob Jenkins, Loraine Kennedy, and Partha Mukhopadhyay


India’s attempt to spur growth, boost exports, and create jobs by establishing Special Economic Zones (SEZs) is a paradox: the policy represents an intensification of the country’s increasingly market-oriented development paradigm, but implementation has required active government involvement. More than a decade after importing the SEZ concept from China, India has hundreds of these walled-off, deregulated, low-tax enclaves. But an industrialization strategy pioneered in authoritarian China has faced huge political resistance in democratic India. Protest movements arose in many localities wher ... More

Keywords: Industrialization, economic reform, Special Economic Zones, protest movements, policy implementation, land, displacement, liberalization, political mobilization, subnational politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198097341
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198097341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rob Jenkins, editor
Hunter College and Graduate Center, The City University of New York

Loraine Kennedy, editor
National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris; and Deputy Director, Centre for South Asian Studies, Paris

Partha Mukhopadhyay, editor
Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

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Rob Jenkins, Loraine Kennedy, and Partha Mukhopadhyay

1 India’s SEZ Policy

Rob Jenkins1

2 Andhra Pradesh

Karli Srinivasulu

3 Goa

Solano Jose Savio da Silva

4 Gujarat and Punjab

Manshi Asher

5 Haryana

Loraine Kennedy1

6 Karnataka

Anjali Mody1

7 Maharashtra

Rohit Mujumdar and Benita Menezes1

8 Orissa and West Bengal

Partha Sarathi Banerjee

9 Tamil Nadu

M. Vijayabaskar1

10 Uttar Pradesh

Sudha Pai and Avinash Kumar