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How to Improve Policies and Their Implementation

State Capability in India by T V Somanathan and Gulzar Natarajan,UK: Oxford University Press, 2022; pp 446, `1,495.


The delivery of public goods and services by the Indian state invariably falls short of its promises, barring some notable exceptions. Even after spending trillions of rupees, students’ learning outcomes in post-independence India remain poor. Similarly, child and maternal mortalities are high, even when compared to several developing countries. Farm and firm productivity are low, the quality of public services is deficient, crime rates are high, and legal and regulatory compliances are poor. 

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Published On : 22nd Mar, 2024

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