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The rhetoric of disagreement in reform debates

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  • Achin Chakraborty

    (Centre for Development Studies)

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This paper is about the discursive aspects of reform debates, more particularly about their rhetorical forms. In the debates on economic reforms in India, communities of scholars seem to have been talking past each other, each side equally convinced that it has the `Truth". Persistent disagreement among economists on important public policy issues sounds disconcerting to others. We argue that an appreciation of the rhetoric (i.e. the art of persuasion) might help us understand the nature of disagreement in reform debates. Through a close reading of the literature on economic reforms in India we attempt to examine the rhetorical devices - logic, facts, metaphor and story - that the participants in the reform debates have been using to persuade their audience.

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  • Achin Chakraborty, 2002. "The rhetoric of disagreement in reform debates," Centre for Development Studies, Trivendrum Working Papers 330, Centre for Development Studies, Trivendrum, India.
  • Handle: RePEc:ind:cdswpp:330
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    1. McCloskey, Donald N, 1983. "The Rhetoric of Economics," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 21(2), pages 481-517, June.
    2. Deepak Lal, 2002. "Economic Reforms & Poverty Alleviation: India A Tale of two Surveys," UCLA Economics Working Papers 822, UCLA Department of Economics.
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    1. N. Vijayamohanan Pillai, 2004. "CES function, generalised mean and human poverty index: Exploring some links," Centre for Development Studies, Trivendrum Working Papers 360, Centre for Development Studies, Trivendrum, India.

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    Keywords

    Economic Reforms; discourse; rhetoric; metaphor; India;

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    • B40 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - General
    • P41 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Planning, Coordination, and Reform

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