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SASNET seminar on political and economic consequences of the Indian election result

June 3, 2014 - 17:00-19:00

SASNET invites to a seminar on ”India after the 2014 Elections”, to be held in Lund. It focuses on the political and economical outcome of the election results, and these two aspects will be discussed by two leading Scandinavian scholars in the field, namely Jørgen Dige Pedersen from University of Aarhus, and Kenneth Nielsen from the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) in Oslo. The seminar is organised in collaboration with the Dept.of Political Science, Lund University. In his presentation on India’s economy after the election, Jørgen Dige Pedersen highlights the fact that the 2014 general election in India has been highly focused on the economic situation, and on the ability of the main candidates to either revitalize the economy or to ensure a better distribution of the available economic resources. The campaign for the BJP candidate Narendra Modi, in particular, has marketed him as a strong leader capable of steering the country towards increasing prosperity. The main argument has been his track record as a chief minister of the economically booming state of Gujarat.
Whoever becomes the future prime minister, he or she is however sure to face the same economic problems as the present one. In Modi’s case, it is also very different to lead a nation than to lead a local state, however big it is. And finally, while it is often assumed that India’s economic performance is owing to the policy steps taken by the sitting government, the historical evidence for this is less than solid.
Jørgen Dige Pedersen is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Aarhus. He has taught courses in development studies, international political economy, comparative political economy, and courses on India. He has published several papers in international journals such as World Development, Journal of Development Studies, European Journal of Development Research, Asian Survey and others. In his Lund lecture he will go a bit back in history to the start of the economic reform process, trace subsequent developments and try to identify India’s main economic problems, hopefully enabling a better informed judgment on the likelihood of economic success for the new government.

Kenneth Nielsen focuses on the political development after the elections. As a Research fellow at SUM in Oslo since 2006, his research focuses on contemporary rural social movements in India with a particular focus on questions of land acquistion, displacement and resistance, but he has also a strong interest in studying Indian politics in general as well as migration and diaspora politics.

Venue: Edens hörsal, Paradisgatan 5 H, Lund.

SASNET seminar on political and economic consequences of the Indian election result


June 3, 2014