Author: Prerna Singh
Panelists: Santosh Mehrotra, JNU
Partha Mukhopadhyay, CPR
Neelanjan Sircar, CPR
Why are some places in the world characterized by better social service provision and welfare outcomes than others? In a world in which millions of people, particularly in developing countries, continue to lead lives plagued by illiteracy and ill-health, understanding the conditions that promote social welfare is of critical importance to political scientists and policy makers alike. Drawing on a multi-method study, from the late nineteenth century to the present of the stark variations in educational and health outcomes within a large, federal, multi-ethnic developing country – India, this book develops an argument for the power of collective identity as an impetus for state prioritization of social welfare. Such an argument not only marks an important break from the dominant negative perceptions of identity politics but also presents a novel theoretical framework to understand welfare provision.
'How Solidarity Works for Welfare: Subnationalism and Social Development in India' is an important intervention on the debate over Social Development. This book is a winner of the Woodrow Wilson Prize awarded by the American Political Science Association for the best book published in politics and international relations in 2015 and Barrington Moore prize awarded by the American Sociological Association for the best book published in comparative historical sociology in 2015.
Prerna Singh is Mahatma Gandhi Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies and Fellow at the Watson Institute, Brown University.