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State-Led Neoliberalism? Exploring the Politics of Urban Land Development in India

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dc.contributor.advisor Johnson, Craig
dc.contributor.author Chakravarty, Arpana
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-30T18:38:46Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-30T18:38:46Z
dc.date.copyright 2013-01
dc.date.created 2013-01-10
dc.date.issued 2013-01-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/5415
dc.description.abstract This research explores the role of the state in facilitating the conditions for neoliberal development. Neoliberal policies continue as the dominant globalized political/economic ideological mode despite reservations from development scholars. This development dilemma is a continuing thread in the debates over the role of the state in land acquisition, a measure often required for large-scale development projects in India. New Town, Rajarhat, is a recent case where land was forcibly acquired to create a massive futuristic suburb for the state capital of Kolkata. This paper will argue that the New Town project was highly neoliberal in conception and execution, and also refutes claims that the government managed to avoid costs scholars have come to associate with neoliberalism and the displacement resulting from large-scale development projects. In this case the events that disadvantage the displaced are not the drawn-out processes of market liberalization, but government attempts to create conditions favourable to market-led development. These conclusions are informed by over 300 elite interviews with primary actors including government officials, corporate heads, and leaders of NGOs, as well as minimal interviews from those more directly impacted. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/ca/ *
dc.title State-Led Neoliberalism? Exploring the Politics of Urban Land Development in India en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Political Science en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Political Science en_US
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