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Between Protest and Policy: Women Claim their Right to Agricultural Land in Rural China and India

Govind Kelkar

UNRISD Working Paper 2016-10

This research was conceptualized to ascertain the state response to women’s extra-procedural claims making to land through collective and individual protests, demonstrations, public performances and women farmers’ conclaves for building public opinion against the gender differential arrangements in land tenure and agrarian production system in India. An attempt was also made to understand China’s policy on women’s legal and equal rights to land since the 1950s. The author situates the discussion on women and land in the broader context of women’s emerging agential power against the patriarchal forces of the state, market fundamentalism and social cultural norms that influence both formal and informal institutions at various levels. Women’s claims are thus framed against two major related factors: an insidious state-backed development policy that keeps women dependent on the male as the head of the household; and a combination of institutional structures with social norms and legal rules that shut most rural women out of land and property ownership.

An analysis of land reform policies in China and India show that the state agencies speak simultaneously to two groups: the political elite raised with notions of gender-discriminatory forms of power who exercise influence through access to political and economic institutions; and the political constituency of organized rural women and men who wield influence through the right to vote, and therefore exercise power over the regime through the ballot box. The contradictory power bases of these two groups lead to a gap between policy rhetoric and implementation or gradualism constrained by social norms.

The research findings suggest that, as a consequence of the continued demand for women’s entitlement to land, there have been some partial and fitful changes in policies and enactment of laws in the two countries. The women who acquired an entitlement to land gained greater social status and increased bargaining power over household assets, experienced a reduction in gender-based violence, and had more of a voice in land governance as well as decision making in socio-political affairs. However, these changes are punctuated with patriarchal disorders and reversals.

The author further notes in the study that the state, in most cases, has responded to women’s protests and claims to justice and rights, in terms of formulation of policies and legal frameworks. However, these legal frameworks and policies have remained largely ineffective in changing institutions trapped in gendered norms and women’s economic dependency. There has been no significant withdrawal of male power over land and productive assets despite the fact that women and civil society groups, in large numbers, have continued with the claim that the intrinsic value of justice and right to equality lies in ensuring women’s autonomy and their freedom from violence and dependency relationships.

URL: http://www.unrisd.org/unrisd/website/document.nsf/(httpPublications)/222B7313533B75D7C125801E005E58E0?OpenDocument

Courtesy: UNRISD

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Financial Deepening and Economic Growth in Advanced and Emerging Economies

Keshab Bhattarai

Review of Development EconomicsVolume 19, Issue 1, February 2015

INDIA’S MYANMAR POLICY AND THE ‘SINO-INDIAN GREAT GAME’

Sunniva Engh

Asian Affairs, Volume 47, Issue 1, 2016

Recent literature has aimed to “deconstruct” the notion of a “Sino-Indian rivalry” in Myanmar. The argument is that China’s leverage in Myanmar far outweighs India’s, and that the Tatmadaw nevertheless prevents either country’s manipulation of Myanmar. In contrast this article argues that the idea of a “Sino-Indian Great Game” still marks the Indian debate, thinking and policy on Myanmar. China’s continued rise will remain a main driver behind India’s Myanmar policy, and Myanmar will remain geostrategic relevant to India.
The article describes the historical legacy of India’s relationship with Myanmar, discusses the role of China in Indian Myanmar policies, and examines the effects of Myanmar’s democratization process. While the Myanmar playing field has changed, Indian perceptions of a “Sino-Indian Great Game” are lasting.
Courtesy: T&F

China’s Manufacturing success; Lessons for India

by Pravakar Sahoo and abhirup Bhunia

IEG Working Paper no. 344, 2014

This paper attempts to study the conditions under which China’s manufacturing sector thrived in the last few decades. We discuss some distinctive policies (such as in decentralisation, foreign direct investment (FDI), special economic zones (SEZ), and infrastructure development) and stress the importance of a policy framework in China’s manufacturing success. It follows that India fell short on a number of aspects, and that there is considerable merit in finding lessons in China’s success for India. To add topical relevance,
we also discuss the recent policy changes in India to boost manufacturing.
Courtesy;IEG

Product Differentiation, Export Participation and Productivity Growth:Evidence from Chinese Manufacturing Firms

by Cui Hu and Yong Tan

MPRA paper no. 65343, January 2015

In this paper, we investigate how the degree of export participation and product differentiation affect firms’ productivity growth through learning-by-exporting. We extend the model of Melitz and Ottaviano (2008) to endogenize the effort firms allocate to learning. This choice depends on both the degree to which firms enter export markets and the extent to which products are differentiated across producers. Using a firm-level dataset from China’s manufacturing industries, we implement propensity score matching methods to test the model’s predictions. Our results indicate that the degree of export participation is positively correlated with TFP improvements. Simultaneously, we empirically verify that firms exporting less differentiated products experience faster TFP growth than those exporting more differentiated products.

URL: mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/65343/1/MPRA_paper_65343.pdf

Courtesy;MPRA

The Heterogeneous Impact of Pension Income on Elderly Living Arrangements: Evidence from China’s New Rural Pension Scheme

by Lingguo Cheng; Hong Liu; Ye Zhang and Zhong Zhao

IZA Discussion Paper .9116, June 2015

This paper investigates the impact of pension income on living arrangements of the elderly. Taking advantage of a unique opportunity due to the recent establishment and expansion of
the social pension system in rural China, we explicitly address the endogeneity of pension status and income through a fixed-
effect model with instrumental variable approach by exploiting exogenous time variation in the program implementation at county level. We find an overall positive effect of pension income on independent living as well as considerable heterogeneity. The elderly with easy access to their adult children, possessing higher
financial capacity, in less long- term care and psychological need, and having more education are more likely to live independently after receiving pension income. Our results confirm that
independent living is a normal good, but highlight that living arrangement is multidimensional in rural China.
Courtesy:IZA

Can the Chinese Connection Speed India’s Development?

by Ravi Bhoothalingam

Economic and Political Weekly, May 9, 2015

China and India are the world’s second largest and third largest
economies, respectively. Yet, the engagement between their
economies remains modest at best and people-to-people contact
is minuscule. Will the various Silk Roads proposed by China
including the Bangladesh–China– India–Myanmar Economic
Corridor and the Maritime Silk Road offer India beneficial ways
to engage with China and the world? How could Sino–Indian
economic connectivity help India in achieving its goals of rapid,
equitable, balanced, and sustainable development? This essay outlines how the complementary capabilities of India and China can unleash innovation and creativity in both countries, addressing common people’s concerns as well as rejuvenating the economies of
countries in the neighbourhood.
Courtesy;EPW