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Rethinking Public Institutions in India

Devesh Kapur, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and Milan Vaishnav


Over the past quarter century, India has experienced transformative changes in the realms of the economy, foreign policy, politics, and society. Despite these historic shifts, India’s public institutions have not enjoyed a similar transformation. Yet, the ability of government to address challenges from corruption to urbanization will fundamentally define India’s trajectory in the 21st century. This volume examines the institutional foundations of the Indian state and the organizational and institutional context in which it operates. By drawing on the insights of some of the most knowledgeable ... More

Keywords: state capacity, public institutions, India, governance, transparency, political economy, economic reform, civil administration, corruption

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199474370
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199474370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Devesh Kapur, editor
Madan Lal Sobti Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, editor
President, Center for Policy Research

Milan Vaishnav, editor
Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Devesh Kapur, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and Milan Vaishnav

1 The Presidency

James Manor*

2 Parliament

M.R. Madhavan*

3 The Supreme Court

Madhav Khosla and Ananth Padmanabhan*

4 Reserve Bank of India

Errol D’Souza

9 The Civil Service

K.P. Krishnan and T.V. Somanathan*

10 Election Commission of India

E. Sridharan and Milan Vaishnav