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Accelerating India’s Development: A State-Led Roadmap for Effective Governance

A CASI Book Talk in partnership with Penn Economics and the South Asia Center

Karthik Muralidharan
Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics, University of California San Diego
Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 04:30
Center for the Advanced Study of India Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science & Economics 133 South 36th Street, Suite 230 Philadelphia PA 19104-6215

About the Book:
Accelerating India’s Development: A State-Led Roadmap for Effective Governance (Penguin, 2024) systematically analyses India’s governance challenges, especially in delivering essential public services, and highlights how these are limiting India’s development. Drawing on a wealth of research and practical insights, it provides actionable, evidence-based strategies, emphasizing state-level reforms as critical for India’s advancement. The book is addressed to all Indians—leaders, officials, entrepreneurs, teachers, students, citizens, and civil society—and provides an urgent call to action. It argues that building a more effective state is the great unfinished task of Indian democracy, because quality public services are key to translating the political equality of “one person, one vote” into greater equality of opportunity for all Indians.

About the Author:
Karthik Muralidharan is the Tata Chancellor’s Professor of Economics at the University of California San Diego, and the co-founder and scientific director of the Centre for Effective Governance of Indian States, a non-profit organization that works with multiple state governments across India to improve state capacity, governance, and service delivery.

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