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Book Launch: Rethinking Public Institutions in India

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 04:00
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20036

Rethinking Public Institutions in India
Devesh Kapur, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and Milan Vaishnav (Eds)

While a growing private sector and a vibrant civil society can help compensate for the shortcomings of India’s public sector, the state is—and will remain—indispensable in delivering basic governance. How will India’s public sector navigate the far-reaching transformations the country is experiencing? And what reforms must India carry out to build a reinvigorated state for the twenty-first century?

In a new volume, Rethinking Public Institutions in India (Oxford University Press, 2017), a group of distinguished political and economic thinkers critically assess a diverse array of India’s core federal institutions, from the Supreme Court and Parliament to the Election Commission and the civil services. Drawing on the insights of scholars and practitioners with deep knowledge of the Indian state, co-editors Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta will discuss their findings with Georgetown’s Joel Hellman and the World Bank’s Maitreyi Bordia Das. Carnegie’s Milan Vaishnav, also a co-editor, will moderate. A light reception will follow.


Devesh Kapur
Director, CASI
Professor of Political Science, Madan Lal Sobti Professor for the Study of Contemporary India, University of Pennsylvania

Pratap Bhanu Mehta
President and Chief Executive, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi, and Contributing Editor, The Indian Express

Milan Vaishnav (Moderator)
Senior Fellow, South Asia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Maitreyi Bordia Das
Global Lead for Social Inclusion, The World Bank. Previously a Member of the Indian Administrative Service

Joel Hellman
Dean, Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Development, Georgetown University