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Public Policy and Citizenship

Public Policy and Citizenship
Battling Managerialism in India

First Edition
  • Arvind Sivaramakrishnan - Adjunct Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Critical Acclaim

January 2012 | 288 pages | SAGE India
Public Policy and Citizenship analyzes the two dominant public-policy approaches in India—managerialism and neoliberalism—and argues that they have had a profoundly damaging impact. Drawing upon a substantial body of published work, the book shows how managerialist and free-market systems are fundamentally incoherent and destructive.

The discussion in this volume revolves primarily around Indian public policy on health, agriculture, and education. The author argues that the condition of these areas, and therefore the condition of hundreds of millions of people, is worse than many analysts claim it to be. Using examples and evidence from a range of countries and public-policy systems, the book also shows the ways in which the managerialist application of public policies founded on neoliberal terms undermines the idea of citizenship in democracy.

The strength of the book is that it demonstrates links between public policy, the philosophy of the social sciences, and political philosophy, all in the light of everyday issues and concerns.
Managerialism: Empirical Failure and Conceptual Catastrophe
The Free Market as an Instrument of Public Policy
Health Policy
Towards Citizenship

This book restores the idea of citizenship to the heart of public policy debates and shows very clearly the issues of informed judgment and political morality which lie at its heart.

Raymond Plant
Professor of Jurisprudence, and Political Philosophy, King’s College London

In this insightful and carefully documented assessment of neoliberal thought and practice, Sivaramakrishnan points out how the emergence of an elite social network of managers from within and outside of government has insidiously helped to dismantle democratic Institutions, under the stated goal of improving efficiency and reducing disruptions to the continued functioning of the state.

Sudhir Chella Rajan
Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

There is nothing better available on the links in India between managerialism, neo-liberalism and the crisis of Indian democracy.

Rajeev Bhargava
Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi. Formerly Professor of Political Theory, JNU and University of Delhi

[The book] offers very interesting insights to understand the deep inequalities rooted in the development agenda which Indian government adopted from early 1990s onwards.... Sivaramakrishnan draws interesting comparisons with examples from other countries, in particular the UK and USA.... contributes to our understanding of the transformation of the Indian state in the wake of the 1991 economic reforms and its implications for the massive army of destitute people who are struggling to find access to basic rights.
Asian Affairs, November 2013