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Asian Political Economy (89)


China’s Dash for Technological Leadership

Commentary, April 2021 |

Jayati Ghosh, C.P. Chandrasekhar

A Market Gone Awry

Commentary, February 2021 |

C.P. Chandrasekhar, Jayati Ghosh

Work and Social Reproduction in Rural India: Lessons from Time-Use Data

Working Paper, January 2021 |

Smita Ramnarain, Sirisha Naidu, Anupama Uppal, Avanti Mukherjee

Letter to Repeal Farm Acts in India

Commentary, December 2020 |

Sripad Motiram, Sirisha Naidu, Smita Ramnarain, Smriti Rao, Vamsi Vakulabharanam

South Asian Economies in Two Imperialist Regimes Between 1950 and 2020

Working Paper, December 2020 |

Vamsi Vakulabharanam
This paper by PERI researcher Vamsi Vakulabharanam explores the evolution of post-colonial South Asian economies. He describes how dominant classes, including landed interests, private capital, and government bureaucrats in South Asia prevented a progressive economic restructuring. Crises that threatened to radically transform the existing social order were solved through an ‘imperialist fix,’ whereby the dominant classes in conjunction with the state sought external help. Imperialist countries then used the region as a ‘spatial fix’ to solve their own crises. These two processes define the mutual engagement of imperialism and South Asian economies during this period.
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