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Economic Democracy through Pro Poor Growth
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Economic Democracy through Pro Poor Growth

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February 2009 | 376 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This volume addresses a central dilemma of our times from a perspective based on lessons from the ground—persistence of structural poverty after sixty years of independence amidst rapid economic growth, widening social anomie, political crisis and failing policy.
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The collection presents an alternative school of thought which has been evolved by scholars and activists over decades, in which the poor are presented not as the problem but as an essential resource. Among this volume’s distinguishing ideas are: a new role for the poor, raising mass consciousness, a core methodology for transformation, restructuring the state, pro-poor partnerships for all social constituencies, insistence on holism and values, learning from the poor and new social movements, and eschewing a priori thinking. This perspective powerfully argues the validity and feasibility of sustainable and transformative societal change.
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The compilation is rich in lucidly presented case studies and illustrative examples. The strategies advocated would catalyse the process of achieving political and economic democracy at the grassroots and facilitate sustainable development. They would also help in the democratization of the phase of transition and growth. This work is an excellent reference source for development economists and students, researchers and faculty studying governance, poverty and human rights, and issues of security and human rights.

 
Preface
Karan Sindh
Foreword
 
PART I: A QUARTER CENTURY OF LEARNING FROM THE POOR
Ponna Wignaraja
The Point of Departure: Understanding the Reality, Constructive Dissent and Moving from Lessons on the Ground to Sustainable Policy
Ponna Wignaraja
Evolution of the Macro-Micro Pro-Poor Strategy
 
PART II: THE CORE METHODOLOGY WITH THE POOR AS SUBJECTS
Ponna Wignaraja
Some Conceptual and Methodological Issues
D L Sheth
Knowledge, Power and Action: The Role of Participatory Action Research
Akmal Hussain
Participatory Development Praxis in Pakistan's Punjab: A Case Study
Susil Sirivardana
Social Mobilization and Keeping the People's Surplus in People's Hands
Shrikrishna Upadhyay
Strengthening the Base through Participatory Democracy for Transition to Sustainability
 
PART III: SENSITIZATION AND TRAINING OF FACILITATORS THROUGH PRAXIS AND PAR
Ponna Wignaraja and Madhu Subramanian
An Illustrative Case Study of Experiential Learning and Deep Immersion Training
 
PART IV: MAKING THE MACRO FRAMEWORK PRO-POOR: A STRATEGIC AGENDA
Madha Subramanian
Towards a New Socialistic Pattern and the Welfare Model in Kerala, India
Akmal Hussain and Savail Hussain
Poverty, Power and Local Government in Pakistan
Shaikh Maqsood Ali
Values, Development with Equity and Democracy: The Dynamics in Bangladesh
 
Index

Through a series of  illustrative case studies drawn from the field across five different countries in South Asia , this book offers a refreshing alternative perspective of economic development that seeks to convince the reader of the feasibility of a world that one would commonly disregard as utopian…. This book will be an important addition to the ongoing discussion on correcting the asymmetric and polarized growth patterns stemming from the adoption of “mainstream” economic ideologies.

ASEAN Economic Bulletin
Volume 28, No 3, December 2011

The present book gives an in-depth account of the importance of economic democracy as an integral part of the holistic approach in the South Asian region. It is of the view that with such large numbers of efficient poor in South Asia as valuable human resource, they can effectively contribute to the growth process as subjects of development instead of passive objects of development. It should serve as an important source as it provides a wealth of information about linking political democracy with economic democracy in the South Asian region and for that a list of selected references has also been given by every author in their respective chapters.

South Asia Economic Journal

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