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    Vested interests: examining the political obstacles to power sector reform in twenty Indian states

    Cheng, Chao-Yo and Lee, Y.J. and Murray, G. and Noh, Y. and Urpelainen, J. and Van Horn, J. (2020) Vested interests: examining the political obstacles to power sector reform in twenty Indian states. Energy Research & Social Science 70 , p. 101766. ISSN 2214-6296.

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    Why do power sector reforms succeed and fail in democratic contexts? We conduct comparative case studies of these reforms in the largest 20 Indian states. These states have responded to India’s electricity generation, transmission, and distribution crises in different ways. Similar to conventional case studies, our research design has the virtue of allowing us to explore historical processes. However, having a large number of cases also enables us to consider multiple causal factors at the same time. Both the findings and non-findings speak to the broad debate on the possible causes of reform failure. We find support for hypotheses emphasizing electoral opportunism and the politics of interest group (organized labor, agricultural interests). In contrast, partisan cleavages do not seem to explain reform failure. These findings offer new insights into politically feasible reform strategies for India.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Economic reform, Political economy, Interest groups, Power sector, Energy policy, India
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Chao-Yo Cheng
    Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2022 10:13
    Last Modified: 25 Sep 2022 00:10


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