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Mapping PowerThe Political Economy of Electricity in India's States$
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Navroz K. Dubash, Sunila S. Kale, and Ranjit Bharvirkar

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199487820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199487820.001.0001

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Efficiency and Welfare

Efficiency and Welfare

The Tightrope Walk in Karnataka’s Power Sector

(p.134) 6 Efficiency and Welfare
Mapping Power

Meera Sudhakar

Oxford University Press

Owing to historically-rooted regional imbalances in levels and modes of development; the state in Karnataka has struggled to provide resources for the less-developed, and agrarian northern districts that also play a key role in the competitive politics of the state. Until the 1980s, cheap hydro power accommodated these rising demands, even as dynamic tertiary economies centered on Bengaluru were creating a new political and economic image for the state. Rather than adopting strict economic principles in which cost-of-supply determines tariff and all regions are treated equally, Karnataka’s reforms involved a strategy of bureaucratic negotiation that has enabled wealthier regions to offset some of the costs associated with ongoing public subsidies to the northern regions and farmers. This has led to a relatively stable equilibrium, although arguably one that is dependent on continued willingness of wealthier regions to sustain this arrangement.

Keywords:   electricity, politics, Karnataka, India, power, reform, political economy, regulation, governance, renewable energy, subsidies, regional imbalance

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