The Political Economy of India’s Fiscal Federal System and its Reform
AbstractThis article examines recent and potential reforms in India’s fiscal federal system. We summarize key federal institutions in India, including tax and expenditure assignments, and mechanisms for Center-state transfers. We discuss the institutional process by which reforms can and do take place, including the role of academics, political influences, and especially institutions such as the Finance Commission. In contrast to the past, recent commissions have played a greater role in articulating an agenda for fiscal federal reform, which then proceeds through political bargaining. This change has taken place in the context of, and been influenced by, broader economic reform in India.
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Date of creation: Aug 2006
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intergovernmental transfers; economic reform; federalism; regional inequalities;
Other versions of this item:
- M. Govinda Rao & Nirvikar Singh, 2007. "The Political Economy of India's Fiscal Federal System and its Reform," Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Oxford University Press, vol. 37(1), pages 26-44, Winter.
- H1 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government
- P35 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Public Finance
- H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
- P26 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Political Economy
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- NEP-ALL-2007-01-14 (All new papers)
- NEP-CWA-2007-01-14 (Central & Western Asia)
- NEP-PBE-2007-01-14 (Public Economics)
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