Sense and Solidarity: Jholawala Economics for Everyone

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Oxford University Press, Feb 14, 2019 - Social Science - 352 pages
This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. Jean Drze has a rare and distinctive understanding of the Indian economy and its relationship with the social life of ordinary people. He has travelled widely in rural India and done fieldwork of a kind that few economists have attempted. In Sense and Solidarity Drze offers unique insight on issues of hunger, inequality, conflict, and the evolution of social policy in India over roughly the past two decades. Historic legislations and initiatives of the period, relating for instance to the right to food and the right to work, are all scrutinised and explained, as are the fierce debates that often accompanied them. "Jholawala" has become a disparaging term for activists in the Indian business media. This book affirms the learning value of collective action combined with sound economic analysis. In his detailed introduction, the author argues for an approach to development economics where research and action are complementary and interconnected.Sense and Solidarity spans the gamut of critical social policies, from education and health to poverty, nutrition, child care, corruption, employment, and social security. There are also less predictable topics such as the caste system, corporate power, nuclear disarmament, the Gujarat model, the Kashmir conflict, and universal basic income. Sense and Solidarity enlarges the boundaries of social development towards a broad concern with the sort of society we want to create.
 

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Contents

Economics among the Road Scholars
1
DROUGHT AND HUNGER
22
POVERTY
46
SCHOOL MEALS
69
HEALTH CARE
90
CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
114
EMPLOYMENT GUARANTEE
142
FOOD SECURITY AND THE PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
175
CORPORATE POWER AND TECHNOCRACY
204
WAR AND PEACE
230
TOPUP
261
References
314
SOURCE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
323
Name Index
327
Subject Index
332
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Jean Drze, development economist, has taught at the London School of Economics and the Delhi School of Economics and is currently Visiting Professor at Ranchi University. He has made wide-ranging contributions to development economics and public policy, with special reference to India. He is co-author (with Amartya Sen) of Hunger and Public Action (Oxford University Press, 1989) and An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions (Penguin, 2013).

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