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Democracy, Civil Society and Health in India

Authors: Gupta, M., Pushkar, ..

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India's health failures remain visible and pronounced despite high rates of economic growth since the 1980s and more than six decades of democratic rule. The authors address the key issues that emerge from the country's health situation, speculating on what it will take for low-income groups to begin claiming for better social services

About the authors

Madhvi Gupta is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Goa, India. She has previously taught at McGill University and Concordia University (Canada), and published on civil society and democracy in Brazil and India.

Pushkar is Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Goa, India. He was previously Lecturer in International Development Studies at McGill University, and in Political Science at Concordia University, Canada. He has published on Chilean politics and health reforms and on democracy, public goods provision, and health in India.

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'In this plain-spoken book Gupta and Pushkar argue that India's 'citizen elites' must do more to enable the poor in making sustained demands for health-related services. Their insightful and rigorous argument draws on a remarkable range of evidence, from field research in low-income communities in New Delhi to reflections on citizen activism in Brazil.' - James McGuire, author of Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America

'Democracy, Civil Society and Health in India is a compelling and well-researched book in which the authors highlight a crucial linkage between civil society capacity and provision of basic health services and provide a convincing demonstration of how sustained claims-making can impact on human development outcomes in the most direct way possible.' - Antonia Maioni, McGill University, Canada

'Gupta and Pushkar expand our understanding of the reasons and processes that hinder a robust demand for greater and deeper public policy intervention in health by examining a broad range of relevant factors that impede the emergence of a more engaged civil society in this sector.' - Amit Prakash, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

'India's resilient democracy has resulted in many positive outcomes. However, millions in the country lack access to social services, including healthcare. In this wonderful book, Gupta and Pushkar explain why large numbers of Indians fail to effectively claim their rights and what needs be done so that they do so.' - Dan Banik, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: India’s Health Puzzle

    Gupta, Madhvi (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Democracy, Civil Society, and Claims-Making in India

    Gupta, Madhvi (et al.)

    Pages 14-40

  • Why Are India’s Poor Not Making Claims for Health?

    Gupta, Madhvi (et al.)

    Pages 41-64

  • What Will It Take for the Poor to Demand Health Services?

    Gupta, Madhvi (et al.)

    Pages 65-90

  • Conclusion: Democracy, Civil Society, and Claims-Making for Public Services

    Gupta, Madhvi (et al.)

    Pages 91-98

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Democracy, Civil Society and Health in India
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-36575-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137365750
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-36574-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-47387-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 133
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