This book explores issues related to poverty in South Asia in a two-pronged manner—by focusing on injustice created and perpetuated by the unjust nature of a social order as its source and by providing concrete suggestions about how policymakers may move to challenge these injustices.
Drawing on research inputs from studies across various South Asian countries, the book redefines poverty as a process which excludes certain segments of the society from equitable participation in development opportunities as well as decision-making. It further identifies a variety of operational ideas which can be used by policymakers, political activists, and civil society advocacy groups committed to build a more just, inclusive and poverty free society in South Asia.
Chapter 10: The Political Economy of Structural Change
The Political Economy of Structural Change
Points of Departure in the Policy Agenda
In any discussion of the design and implementation of the PRSPs across South Asia there is much discussion on the governance of these programmes. However, there is little discussion on the political economy of poverty reduction. It is presumed that the PRSP agenda will be a positive sum game in which the poor will improve their income and human resource capacity without prejudice to the prevailing hierarchies of opportunity which divide our societies. This optimistic perspective suggests that no government in the region envisages that their policies on poverty will in any way disturb the social status quo. The PRSPs of South Asia, including the new 11th FYP ...