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Understanding Foreign Direct Investment

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Understanding Foreign Direct Investment

Author(s): Biswajit Dhar & K.S. Chalapati Rao

Publishers: Orient Blackswan

Pages: 188

2020 Edition, Paperback

ISBN : 978-93-5287-989-2


The Orient BlackSwan ‘Policy Studies’ Series is designed to address, investigate and analyse public policy in the field of governance.



Foreign direct investment (FDI) is considered an important source of long-term finance, especially for developing nations. Analysed from the point of view of its implications on the macro-economy, FDI inflows are often seen as essential in bridging the gaps between the investment needs of the country and the domestic resources available. Understanding Foreign Direct Investment traces the evolution of the global flows of FDI from the 1950s to the present.



The authors write with two broad objectives: one, to situate FDI in the development discourse in the post-World War II period, and two, to discuss India’s trysts with FDI in the decades immediately following Independence, and on to the era of economic liberalisation. If, in the early years of the post-colonial period, India displayed caution in embracing foreign investment, the 1990s saw the country enter a new trajectory of expansion of FDI. This book focuses on the role that government policies have played in making India one of the most foreign investor-friendly destinations in the world.



Arguing that FDI inflows impact both the recipients and the providers of investments, this book also discusses how the largest creditor country in the world, the United States, influenced the evolution of the global capital markets which, in turn, impacted the developing countries.



Economists, policymakers, financial practitioners, as well as interested readers will find the book informative and useful.




Biswajit Dhar is Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


K. S. Chalapati Rao is Visiting Professor, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi.


When India Votes: The Dynamics of Successful Election Campaigning

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When India Votes:
The Dynamics of Successful Election Campaigning

Authors: Jaishri Jethwaney & Samir Gupta

Publishers: Rupa Publications India

Pages: 216

2019 Edition

ISBN : 978-93-5333-380-5


Elections have always been festive occasions in liberal democracies, and India is no exception.

Media becomes one of the most important players in elections because of its power of reach and agenda-setting. From one government-controlled television in India in 1984, to hundreds of news channels owned by various interest groups, a burgeoning print media, the coming of the social media and the tiniest and most ‘lethal’ of mass reach weapon, the mobile phone—all these have changed the way elections are now contested! The power of mass contact through rallies and public gatherings, reinforced by the event-driven media channels and the power of digital media to reach out to the young audience, has redefined electioneering in India.

When India Votes looks at the theoretical underpinnings of the relationship between democracy, mass media and election campaigning, as well as representative campaigns of the last three decades of the two major players, viz. the Congress and BJP.


Professor Jaishri Jethwaney is a PhD in Media and Elections from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and has worked at the premier Indian Institute of Mass Communication as professor and program director (advertising & public relations [PR]) for over a quarter century. She has authored a number of textbooks, including Corporate Communication: Principles and Practice, Social Sector Communication in India and co-authored Advertising Management, among many others.

Dr Samir Kapur, an engineer, MBA and PhD, is a versatile professional with over twenty years of experience. He is currently part of the senior management team of Adfactors PR, India’s biggest PR agency. He has strategized and executed multiple PR, industrial relations, advocacy and marketing campaigns for various political parties, prominent development sector companies, leading Indian conglomerates and multinational companies.


Contours of Value Capture: India’s Neoliberal Path of Industrial Development

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Contours of Value Capture:
India’s Neoliberal Path of Industrial Development

Author: Satyaki Roy

Publishers: Cambridge University Press

Pages: xiv-202

2020 Edition

ISBN : 978-11-0876-485-8


This book provides a critical perspective on contemporary debates on industrialisation in India. It aims to study the process of industrialisation at a conceptual level and articulate and contest the evolving debates and discourses. Instituting a market led growth in India ended in a trajectory that depends heavily on profit income led and corporate driven growth. However, the performances as well as fault lines assessed in terms of industrial growth are often restricted to a discourse on shifting relative importance of agriculture, industry and services and are largely pegged on the state versus private debate. It appears that the heterogeneous space of critical perspective tends to undermine the more fundamental questions that need to be raised in relation to the larger perspective of capitalist industrialisation in India. This book addresses these questions and provides insights into the complexities of the process and growth of industrialisation as it has played out in contemporary India.


Satyaki Roy is Associate Professor at the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID), New Delhi. He did his Masters from Jadavpur University and Ph.D. from the University of Calcutta. His initial research focuses on industrial clusters in India and the nature of spatial concentration of production in the context late industrialization. He has worked and published extensively on diverse issues related to labour and employment, structural change in India, emerging trends in the manufacturing sector; growth and human development in India and political economy of informality. He worked on various projects sponsored by the Indian Council for Social Science Research; Planning Commission, GOI; Department of Science and Technology, GOI and inter-country comparative studies sponsored by IDRC, Canada and IDE, Japan. His current areas of interest include global production network, its implications on the process of industrialization in developing countries and the emerging nature of global hegemony in the context of globalization.


1 – Introduction — (1-9)

2 – Manufacturing versus Services: A Misplaced Debate —  (10-31)

3 – Global Production Network: India and Developing Countries — (32-54)

4 – Financialisation in India: Emerging Trends in the Corporate Sector —  (55-80)

5 – Hierarchies of Capital and the Architecture of Value Capture —  (81-101)

6 – Informality: Regime of Accumulation and Discourse of Power —  (102-120)

7 – Self-Employment as Disguised Dispossession —  (121-134)

8 – Land Acquisition in India: Revisiting Primitive Accumulation —  (134-154)

9 – Decoding Resistance and Class Formation in the Neoliberal Regime — (155-168)

10 – Conclusion —  (169-178)

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Measuring Structural Change and Energy Use in Indian Economy: An Input-Output Approach

Anjali Tandon

Shahid Ahmed

Publisher: Bookwell


Pages: xxii+277p


Price: Rs 1,195


2019 Edition


ISBN: 978-93-865784-6-4 (Hardbound)




The Book in Brief


This book focuses on the link between changing structure of the Indian economy and energy use, which is of immense importance in view of the possible substitutions, across different fuel types within industries and processes, to cleaner fuels which are efficient or less emitting. The book analyses various aspects related to energy use such as the changing sectoral interdependence of energy sectors in the economy, sources of change in energy use over time, and the implications in terms of changing basket of goods and services traded internationally by India. Through an application based approach, using tools for economic analysis to study energy related issues, the book studies the impact of policy reforms with the help of transaction flows across sectors in an economy-wide framework. The time frame of analysis in the book covers policy changes implemented during the first and second generation reforms which had focus on output expansion and efficiency improvement in the Indian economy, respectively. The authors make a qualification to consider electricity generated from primary energy sources, particularly the hydroelectricity, as a separate source of energy use. This methodological consideration in the analysis contributes not only through a wider coverage of energy sources but also improves the precision of computations used to evaluate change in energy intensity of different sectors and the overall economy. Analysis in the book underpins the technological changes resulting from inter-fuel substitution. The analysis in the book also provides insights on energy embodied in the consumption and trade basket of India. The book notes that foreign trade of an economy can have unintended implications on energy use through transfer of energy manifested indirectly in the non-energy transactions, thus emphasising on the energy deficit of the Indian economy due to imports of energy embodied in non-energy sectors. The book serves readers across academia, research and policy makers through informed reading from the quantified facts based on economic models. It assists scholars to strengthen their understanding, learning and application of a technique. It is also helpful for the reader to apply the theory into practice.


Anjali Tandon is an Associate Professor with the Institute for Studies in Industrial Development (ISID). She has research experience of over 20 years. Her research interests include international trade, energy and FDI. She has been a contributor to the GTAP database of the Purdue University. She is the recipient of doctoral fellowship from Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. Her past positions include Associate Fellow at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER). She has authored academic papers in refereed journals and opinions in print media.

Shahid Ahmed is a Professor in the Department of Economics, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi. He has served as Head, Department of Economics, Director, Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies, and Finance Officer of JMI. Earlier, he has also served as Senior Economist in UNCTAD. He has been teaching economics in the Department for more than 21 years and supervising research scholars in the field of trade and development. He has been the member of Academic Council, Executive Council and the Court of JMI. He has 5 books to his credit on issues related to International Trade and Development and has authored more than 90 research papers published in reputed national and international journals.





Chapter 1: The Challenges of Energy Economy

Chapter 2: Reflections on Global Research Measuring Structural Change from Energy Perspective

Chapter 3: Measuring Structural Change – An Input-Output Approach

Chapter 4: Overview of India’s Energy Sector

Chapter 5: Assessing Economic Landscape through the Linkage Lens

Chapter 6: Demand Shifts and Technological Change –A Structural Decomposition of Changing Energy Use

Chapter 7: Implications of Changing Pattern of Trade on Energy Use

Chapter 8: Conclusions and Policy Implications



Media/Press Release

  1. International Input-Output Newsletter, Number 43, February-March 2020
  2. PRO-Media Coordinator’s Office, Jamia Millia Islamia, November 21, 2019
  3. Social Media Page, Jamia Millia Islami, November 21, 2019
  4. Education Today, India TodayNovember 22, 2019
  5. India Education Diary November 22, 2019
  6. ARTNeT Newsletter November 2019