The Crisis of Indian Planning: Economic Planning in the 1960s - Edited by Paul Streeten & Michael LiptonOxford University Press, 1968, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with nicks at the spine ends and corners. Price Clipped.
Issued under the auspices of the Royal Institute of International Affairs. From the cover: “Droughts, foreign exchange shortages, political separation, high defence costs — yet India’s planners expect the country to be self-sufficient in food by 1970-1, with farm output up 27 per cent from the 1964-5 level, and industrial production up 78 per cent. The prospects for India’s experiment in democratic planning, forced through crisis to fundamental change, are important far beyond the borders of India.
This book analyses the main aspects of Indian planning in the late 1960s. The introduction suggests that a big shift of emphasis is needed: from aggregate targets to comparative analysis of local situations within India. The book then considers the effects on the planning process of India’s federal democracy. The next four chapters assess planning and prospects in industry, agriculture, overhead capital, and energy. The human factor is then considered, with discussions of education and health, the family planning programme, and the contribution of social anthropology to Indian planning. The next group of chapters looks at three external constraints on Indian development: poor trade prospects, scarcity of aid, and big defence needs. The book closes with a statistical record of Indian planning and achievement.
Each main aspect of Indian planning, then, is analysed by an expert in the respective field. The book is not just a symposium; each author led a discussion of his chapter in April 1967, at a conference in Palmer, Sussex. The conference was sponsored by the Institute of Development Studies, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and Sussex University, and was attended by political scientists, anthropologists, businessmen, officials, planners, and economists from India and Britain. The chapters have been extensively revised in the light of the discussion and of events since April 1967.”