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Locked in Place: State-Building and Late Industrialization in India

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Why were some countries able to build "developmental states" in the decades after World War II while others were not? Through a richly detailed examination of India's experience, Locked in Place argues that the critical factor was the reaction of domestic capitalists to the state-building project. During the 1950s and 1960s, India launched an extremely ambitious and highly ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Princeton University Press (first published 2003)
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kaśyap
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This is a very clear structural analysis of the Indian development state during the Nehru years. Among all the newly independent third world nations, India seemed the most likely candidate to become an industrialised state. But by 90’s India became an example of a failed development state. The usual neoliberal argument regarding this is that the whole idea of state intervention and market regulation itself is the cause of the problem. Vivek Chibber here through clear arguments shows that the pro
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Amazing book; it puts capital back in to the institutional approaches that narrow down the dimensions of state-society relations and neglects relations of power between social actors and institutions. Worth a read!
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