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- DescriptionThis book examines the ecomic transformation of three of the largest countries in the world - Russia, China and India. Jha traces the problems that each country has faced and argues that the process of ecomic transformation is highly unpredictable as its success depends upon the individual ecomic and political history of each country. Jha reveals the problems inherent in conventional analyses of ecomic transition, which are all based upon a single macro-ecomic model developed by the World Bank and IMF, dubbed the Washington consensus. The premise of the Washington consensus is that markets are a natural extension of man's propensity to 'truck and barter', and that one has only to remove the state from the sphere of the ecomy for a market ecomy to emerge in a very short time. Jha argues that this model is excessively simplistic because a market is t natural - it is a man-made institution. In Russia and, less obviously, in China, the pace of reform has outstripped the creation of the market ecomy. India, by contrast, had few changes to make but - due to lack of political will - reform has been very slow. Jha concludes that there can be single strategy or set time frame for ecomic transition, and the state has a crucial role to play.
- Author BiographyPrem Shankar Jha is a columnist and former editor of the Hindustan Times, New Delhi's main morning daily. He has worked as a consultant to the UN Centre for Human settlements and the World Bank. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and a Visiting Professor and Lecturer at the University of Virginia. His books include India a Political Economy of Stagnation (OUP, 1980), In the Eye of the Cyclone: The Crisis in Indian Democracy (Viking, 1993), and Kashmir 1947: Rival Versions of History (OUP, 1996).
- Author(s)Prem Shankar Jha
- PublisherPluto Press
- Date of Publication01/04/2002
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPluto Press
- Weight454 g
- Width135 mm
- Height215 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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