The State Capacity Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) invites you to a virtual panel discussion on: Discussion on: India's New Welfarism?: Sub-national Regimes and State Capacity
- Ashwani Kumar, Dean, School of Development Studies, TISS Mumbai
- Louise Tillin, Director, King's India Institute, King's College
- Roger Jeffery, Associate Director, Edinburgh India Institute, The University of Edinburgh
- Mekhala Krishnamurthy, Senior Fellow and Director, State Capacity Initiative, CPR
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About the Discussion
The panel discussion would focus on the different aspects of the sub-national welfare regime in India drawing upon three papers published in the latest issue of Territory, Politics, Governance. Prof. Tillin's paper focuses on subnational welfare regimes, Prof. Kumar takes a deep dive to understand front-line bureaucratic capacity, and Prof. Jeffery studies health capacity across states. The panelists would share the broad findings of their papers along with some reflections on the future trajectory of welfare regimes across Indian states.
About the State Capacity Initiative at CPR
The State Capacity Initiative at the Centre for Policy Research is an interdisciplinary research and practice programme focused on addressing the challenges of the 21st-century Indian state. The purpose of this initiative is to place the critical challenges of building state capacity at the heart of the field of policy research in India, where it has always belonged but remains surprisingly marginalised. We therefore start with first principles and ground ourselves in existing realities to deepen and expand the understanding of the challenges and possibilities of building state capacity in a democratic and federal India. Our programme of work focuses on the changing roles of the Indian state: institutional design, implementation and administrative capacity; the challenges of regulatory and fiscal capacity; and the complex and changing relations between society, politics and state capacity in India.