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Progressive Fiscal Policy in India
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Progressive Fiscal Policy in India

Edited by:
  • Praveen K. Jha - Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
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August 2011 | 516 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Progressive Fiscal Policy in India locates the prevailing fiscal policy in the overall macroeconomic policy regime of the nation. It presents a rigorous critique of the predominance of fiscal conservatism and neoliberal fiscal orthodoxy over the last two decades. The book develops a strong case for bringing forth progressive change in the country’s fiscal policy and explores the role of public policies and institutions in addressing the development deficits confronting the country.

Authored by leading economists and policymakers of India, the contributions in this book address issues of equity in our fiscal and macroeconomic policies, which rarely figure, in any meaningful sense, in the mainstream fiscal policy deliberations.

The book puts forth persuasive and cogent arguments for the pursuance of an active fiscal policy promoting growth as well as a greater equity in distribution, which in turn may lead to accelerated rate of poverty reduction and a desired pace of human development.

Praveen Jha
Introduction
 
I : OVERALL MACROECONOMIC POLICY REGIME AND ITS LINKAGES WITH FISCAL POLICY
Finance Capital, Fiscal Deficits and The Current Global Crisis Prabhat Patnaik
Liberalization as a Constraint on Fiscal Policy: Some Lessons from the Indian Experience C P Chandrasekhar
Inclusive Growth in Neoliberal India - A Mirage? Nirmal Kumar Chandra
Growing Inequality: A Serious Challenge to the Indian Society and Polity S L Shetty
Assessing Tax Policy and Tax Compliance in the Reform Era Saumen Chattopadhyay
 
II: PRESSING CONCERNS RELATING TO FISCAL FEDERALISM IN INDIA
Challenges to Fiscal Policy in India in the Era of Reforms T M Thomas Isaac and R Ramakumar
Fiscal Devolution in the Era of Liberalisation: The Indian Experience Jayati Ghosh
Thirteenth Finance Commission: Core Issues and New Challenges D K Srivastava
Horizontal Imbalances in Indian Federalism Tapas K Sen
Regaining the Constitutional Identity of the Finance Commission: A Daunting Task for the Thirteenth Commission K K George and K K Krishnakumar
Towards a Rational and Progressive Fiscal Policy: What Role for Local Governments? M A Oommen
 
III: PUBLIC POLICIES AND INSTITUTIONS TOWARDS ADDRESSING THE DEVELOPMENT DEFICITS
Unbalanced Growth, Tertiarization of the Indian Economy and Implications for Mass Living Standards Utsa Patnaik
From Outlays to Outcomes: Some Missing Links N C Saxena
Social Sector Expenditures: An Analysis for All India and States, 1980-81-2007-08 Mahendra Dev and N Sreedevi
Centrally Sponsored Schemes: Are They the Solution or the Problem? Praveen Jha, Subrat Das and Nilachala Acharya
Improving India's Health: The Significance of Public Financing Mita Choudhury and A K Shiva Kumar
Financing the Right to Education Santosh Mehrotra
 
Index

The book is a collection of articles by eminent scholars and academics on a range of fiscal policy matters of topical interest to not only policy-makers but also common citizens. The essays are well presented and easy to read even for someone not familiar with the subject of public finance… On the whole, an eminently readable book. 

The Statesman

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