Adding to the plethora of scholarship by researchers at the Centre for Policy Research, we are proud to announce the publication of five new books. Covering issues including Indian party-politics, the political economy of India’s electricity sector, the environmental legal framework in the country and Indian foreign policies in the Cold War period, these books seek to shed light on critical issues the country faces and add nuance to the contemporary discourse.
- Navroz K Dubash, Professor at CPR, co-edited ‘Mapping Power: The Political Economy of Electricity in India's States’, along with Sunila S Kale and Ranjt Bharvikar. The book is the culmination of a two-year effort tracking the power sectors in 15 Indian states and provides the first thorough analysis of the political economy of electricity in Indian states. With chapters written by fifteen scholars of politics and electricity, the book maps the political and economic forces that constrain and shape decisions in electricity distribution. The authors argue that a historically grounded political economy analysis helps understand the past and devise reforms to simultaneously improve sectoral outcomes and generate political rewards.
- Rahul Verma, Fellow at CPR, co-authored ‘Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India’, along with Pradeep K Chhibber. The book challenges the contemporary and common view that party politics in India is bereft of ideology and develops a new approach to how ideology is defined in a multi-ethnic country like India. Using survey data from the Indian National Election Studies (NES) and other studies along with evidence drawn from the Constituent Assembly debates, it shows that Indian electoral politics, as represented by political parties, their members, and their voters, is in fact marked by deep ideological cleavages, with parties, party members, and voters taking distinct positions on statism and recognition.
- Zorawar Daulet Singh, Fellow at CPR, authored ‘Power and Diplomacy: India’s Foreign Policies During the Cold War’, a book that strikes at the heart of contemporary debates on India’s unfolding foreign policies. The notion that a monolithic idea of ‘nonalignment’ shaped India’s foreign policy since its inception is a popular view. The book challenges conventional wisdom by unveiling another layer of India’s strategic culture. Singh uses new archival material to not only reconstruct the worldviews and strategies that underlay geopolitics during the Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi years, but also illuminate the significant transformation in Indian statecraft as policymakers redefined some of their fundamental precepts on India’s role in in the subcontinent and beyond. His contention is that those exertions of Indian policymakers are equally apposite and relevant today.
- Philippe Cullet, Senior Visiting Fellow at CPR, co-edited ‘Right to Sanitation in India: Critical Perspectives’, along with Sujith Koonan and Lovleen Bhullar. This book represents the first effort to conceptually engage with the right to sanitation and its multiple dimensions in India, as well as its broader international and comparative setting. It critically analyses the contributions of the law and policy framework to the realisation of the right in India, including the role of the Swachh Bharat Mission, institutional aspects, initiatives to foster community participation, infrastructure dimensions, wastewater treatment and re-use, manual scavenging and rights of sanitation workers, and gender dimensions.
- Shibani Ghosh, Fellow at CPR, edited ‘Indian Environmental Law: Key Concepts and Principles’. The book critically analyses the evolution of this environmental legal framework in India. It studies the origins of environmental rights, substantive and procedural, and the four most significant legal principles— principle of sustainable development, polluter pays principle, precautionary principle and the public trust doctrine—and elaborates how Indian courts have defined, interpreted and applied them across a range of contexts. Filling the gap created by limited in-depth study of these crucial rights and principles in existing legal literature, the book explores the judicial reasoning and underlying assumptions in landmark judgments of the Supreme Court, the High Courts and the National Green Tribunal, aiming to provide the reader a comprehensive understanding.
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