Development and Welfare Policy in South Asia

Published on 18 February 2014

This book sheds light on social policies in six South Asian countries introduced between 2003 and 2013, examining the ways in which these policies have come about, and what this reflects about the nature of the state in each of these countries.

It offers a detailed analysis of the nature of these policies introduced in recent years in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and illustrates the similarities and differences in policy approaches amongst the six countries. Through this analysis, the book explores the thesis of whether there is a particular type of ‘developmental welfare state’ that can be observed across South Asia.

The focus is on social policies or policies designed to address poverty and deliver welfare at the level of programming and design, i.e. the stated intent of these policies. The book also presents an analysis of the fiscal space available in each of the six countries, thereby drawing conclusions about the financial feasibility of a ‘developmental welfare state’ model in the region.

Chapter references

  • The Indian Case: Towards a Rights Based Welfare State, Deepta Chopra
  • Introduction: Development and Welfare Policy in South Asia, Gabriele Koehler and Deepta Chopra
  • Welfare, Development, Rights in South Asia, Deepta Chopra


Gabriele Köhler

Honorary Associate

Deepta Chopra

Professorial Research Fellow

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Chopra, D. and Koehler, G.
Deepta Chopra, Gabriele Koehler


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