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Neoliberalism and the Transforming Left in India

A contradictory manifesto

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Neoliberalism and the Transforming Left in India by Ritanjan Das
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West Bengal has often been perceived as somewhat of an aberration in the wider context of a rather chaotic Indian democracy, as the Left Front (spearheaded by the Communist Party of India-Marxist, CPIM) demonstrated a rare instance of political stability, decisively winning seven consecutive democratic elections from 1977 to 2006. Its development record has also been substantial, with a focus on land reforms, the panchayati-raj institution, and an agriculture centric development agenda. This book presents a reappraisal of the political economic history of the CPIM/Left Front regime against the backdrop of the Indian reform experience. It examines two distinct areas: the conditions that necessitated the regime to engineer a transition from an erstwhile agricultural-based growth model to a more pro-market economic agenda post-1991, and the political strategy employed to manage such a transition, attract private capital and at the same time sustain the regime's traditional rhetoric and partisan character. In order to develop a more textured understanding of the recent political developments in West Bengal, the author applies a historically nuanced and inductive political-economic analysis, which draws on published materials, and primary material such as government documents and interviews (with bureaucrats, political activists, members of the intelligentsia and ministers). A valuable contribution to the ongoing debate in the literature on the drifts underway with the Indian Left and India's economic transformation post-1990s, this book will be of interest to academics in the field of Political Science, Government, Political Economy and South Asian Studies.

Author Biography

Ritanjan Das received his PhD from the London School of Economics, UK. He is currently working as Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, UK.
Release date NZ
November 1st, 2017
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
1 Line drawings, black and white; 36 Tables, black and white
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
256
ISBN-13
9781138732292
Product ID
26785436

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