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Discussion on the book ‘Indian Federalism’ by Louise Tillin


Watch the full video (above) of the discussion on the book ‘Indian Federalism’ by Louise Tillin (Director, King’s India Institute, Kings College London), organised as part of the CPR-Trivedi Centre for Political Data, Ashoka University (TCPD) Dialogues on Indian Politics series. The author first made a presentation and then was in conversation with Yamini Aiyar (President and Chief Executive, CPR).

The question and answer session that followed can be accessed here.

Yamini Aiyar and Louise Tillin co-edited the May edition of Seminar on the future of federalism in India. The edition includes articles by Neelanjan Sircar, Rahul Verma and Avani Kapur from CPR. Read the complete issue here.

About the book

To understand how politics, the economy and public policy function in the world’s largest democracy, an appreciation of federalism is essential. Bringing to surface the complex dimensions that affect relations between India’s central government and states, this short introduction is the one-stop account to federalism in India. Paying attention to the constitutional, political and economic factors that shape Centre-state relations, this book stimulates understanding of some of the big dilemmas facing India today. The ability of India’s central government to set the economic agenda or secure implementation of national policies throughout the country depends on the institutions and practices of federalism. Similarly, the ability of India’s states to contribute to national policy-making or to define their own policy agendas that speak to local priorities all hinge on questions of federalism. Organised in four chapters, this book introduces readers to one of the key living features of Indian democracy.

This book is part of the Oxford India Short Introduction Series.

About the series

The CPR-TCPD Dialogues on Indian Politics brings together academicians, policy and political practitioners, and civil society actors to grapple with important social and political issues in India. It provides a forum for intellectually rigorous, non-partisan commentary to strengthen public discourse on politics in India. This dialogue series is an effort to understand the changing dynamics of Indian political parties, the impact of new and emerging social movements and the use of new instruments of mobilisation in our polity.