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India’s blackouts: How history shapes current policy

Generator in Delhi
Diesel generator in Delhi.  Photo by Hiroo Yamagata.

Last summer’s massive blackouts provoked widespread discussion about failures in Indian governance.  In the lead commentary of the new issue of Governance (26.1, January 2013), Sunila Kale and Rahul Mukherji suggest that current problems in the power sector are partly the result of the “powerful effects of historical institutional arrangements.”  They contrast troubles in the power sector with telecommunications, “one of the country’s most vibrant and efficiently regulated economic spaces.”  The contrast, they argue, can be traced back to colonial-era decisions that had the effect of centralizing responsibility for telecommunications policy, while leaving the power sector largely to state governments.  Free access to this commentary.

Written by Governance

January 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

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