Asymmetric Federalism in India

UC Santa Cruz International Economics Working Paper No. 04-08

30 Pages Posted: 9 May 2004

See all articles by M. Govinda Rao

M. Govinda Rao

Institute of Social and Economic Change (ISEC)

Nirvikar Singh

University of California, Santa Cruz

Date Written: April 2004

Abstract

The focus of this paper is unequal arrangements and special treatment for some units within Indian federalism, namely. We first explore the conceptual issues - the causes and consequences of asymmetric federalism. Next, we trace the evolution of Indian federalism and analyze the factors contributing to the asymmetric arrangements in political, administrative and fiscal relations. We bring out asymmetric arrangements arising from constitutional arrangements or conventions evolved over the years. Recent political developments and asymmetric treatment due to administrative and political exigencies are also analyzed.

Keywords: Intergovernmental transfers, federalism, political bargaining, constitutional arrangements

JEL Classification: P26, P35, H1, H7

Suggested Citation

Rao, M. Govinda and Singh, Nirvikar, Asymmetric Federalism in India (April 2004). UC Santa Cruz International Economics Working Paper No. 04-08, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=537782 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.537782

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