Mapping Power

Mapping Power aimed to provide a state-level perspective on India’s electricity governance. The project explores who the various stakeholders and organizations are in each state, what their views and perspectives are, and how they will be affected by new initiatives in India’s electricity sector. More details on the project are in this background note.

Mapping Power: The Political Economy of Electricity in India’s States, an edited volume by Navroz K Dubash, Sunila S Kale, and Ranjit Bharvirkar, is the culmination of a two-year effort tracking the power sectors in 15 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.