Governance and Development

In the long term, the institutions of a country are perhaps the greatest determinant of its growth and development. Institutions are the “rules of the game in a society”; they determine incentives and outcomes in all spheres of human life. The institutions of governance of our country embody norms such as democracy, republicanism, accountability, transparency, citizenship, and human rights. Their fidelity to these norms are central to the development of any country, not just politically, but also economically and socially.

In this theme, we focus on how institutions of the state in India can work better to promote development. Our sub-themes under this theme are:

  • District and Municipal local self-government
  • Public systems – efficiency, accountability, transparency
  • Legislative processes and the court system


Policy Watch: Governance and Development – February 2024

Policy Watch: Special Issue – December 2023

Case Study: We Just Want to Go Home – Migrants During COVID !

Policy Watch: Governance and Development – August 2023

Policy Watch: Special Issue – June 2023

Policy Watch: Governance and Development – February 2023

Policy Watch: 11.12_Special Issue – December 2022

Policy Watch: Governance and Development – August 2022

Policy Watch: Special Issue – June 2022

Policy Watch: Governance and Development – February 2022

Policy Watch: Governance and Development- October 2021

Research Paper- The Right to Public Service Delivery in India

पॉलिसी वॉच: विशेष अंक (सभी विषयों को कवर करते हुए)- जून 2021

पॉलिसी वॉच: शासन और विकास- जनवरी 2021

Policy Watch: Governance and Development- January 2021

Policy Watch: Special Issue- December 2020

Case Study – Migrant Workers Tamil Nadu Migrant report

Occasional Paper: Vision for Foreign Universities in the National Education Policy 2020: A Critique

Policy Watch: Governance and Development-July 2020

Research Report- Food Security In India

RTE After a Decade: An Assessment of Bottlenecks and Some Ways Forward

The Status of Implementation of MGNREG Act, 2005

Case Study: Turning around a Government School – The Case of Dhulagori Adarsha Vidyalaya

How the Health System Works at the Grassroots in Uttar Pradesh

Policy Watch: Governance and Development-January 2020

Samarth ZIlla: A Framework for Holistic Governance and Development

Educate, Organise & Transform:Tools for Emerging Grassroots

Policy Watch: Governance and Development-August 2019

Policy Watch: Governance and Development-January 2019

Policy Watch – Moderating Social Media

Consultations – Understanding Urbanisation Oct 2018

Policy Watch – Setting wrong precedents: Government’s handling of public universities

Miscellaneous – Land Use by the Poor in Delhi: Issues of Fuzzy Ownership RGICS in cooperation with Friedrich Naumann Stiftung

Book – Rajiv Gandhi’s India: Ending the Quest for Dominance, M. K. Rasgotra (New Delhi: Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, no date)

Policy Issue Briefs – A Review of Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008 (January, 2018)

Policy Issue Briefs – India’s National Food Security Act: Current Issues & Challenges (November, 2017)

Policy Issue Brief – Proxy Voting In India (October, 2017)

Policy Issue Brief – Changing the Electoral Voting System (October, 2017)

Policy Issue Brief – Introduction to Simultaneous Elections (October, 2017)

Legislative Brief- The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Third Amendment) Bill, 2017

Legislative Brief- Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill 2017 (July 2017)

Legislative Brief- Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill 2017 (July 2017)

Policy Issue Briefs – FCRA A Regressive Tool (April, 2017)

Legislative Briefs – The Indian National Defense University Bill, 2015 (February, 2017)

Legislative Briefs – The Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017 (February, 2017)

Legislative Briefs – HIV AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill 2014 (January, 2017)

Legislative Briefs – Major Ports Authority Bill 2016 (January, 2017)

Legislative Briefs – Medical Device Draft Rules (January, 2017)

Policy Issue Briefs – Good Governance Privacy and Surveillance (October, 2016)

Policy Issue Briefs – Reform of the Indian Medical Council Act 1956 (September, 2016)

Policy Issue Briefs – Entry of Foreign Universities in India -From Privatization to Commodification of Higher Education (August, 2016)

Policy Issue Briefs – Draft New Education Policy 2016 (August, 2016)

Policy Issue Briefs – Public Health Care in Uttar Pradesh (May, 2016)

Policy Issue Briefs – Rising Crime Rate in Uttar Pradesh (May, 2016)

Policy Issue Briefs – Custodial Death by Fake Encounter – The Murder of Ishrat Jahan (May, 2016)

Policy Issue Briefs – Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (May, 2016)

Policy Issue Briefs – Emerging Fault-Lines in Punjab (April, 2016)

Book – Judicial Reforms in India, Arnab K. Hazra and Bibek Debroy (eds) (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2007) – 2007

Book – Regulations Nurture Illegality: Counterproductive Regulations of Delhi, P.D. Kaushik (New Delhi: Bookwell, 2007) – 2007

Book – Uses and Misuses of Anti-Dumping Provisions in World Trade, Bibek Debroy and Debashis Chakraborty (eds) (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2006) – 2006

Miscellaneous – Economic Freedom for States of India 2005, Bibek Debroy and Laveesh Bhandari RGICS in cooperation with Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, November 2005) – 2005

Book – WTO at Ten: Looking Back to Look Beyond, Volumes I&II, Bibek Debroy and Mohd Saqib (eds) (New Delhi: Globus Books, 2005) – 2005

Book – Economic Freedom for States of India 2005, Bibek Debroy and Laveesh Bhandari (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2005)

Book – Reforming the Labour Market, Bibek Debroy and P.D. Kaushik (eds) (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2005)

Paper – A Sustainable and Scalable Approach in Indian Pension Reform By Ajay Shah – 2005

Book – Energising Rural Development through Panchayats, Bibek Debroy and P.D. Kaushik (eds) (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2005) – 2005

Paper – Impact of Sanitary Measures On Exports of Fishery Products From India: The Case of Kerala By Spencer Henson, Mohd. Saqib and D. Rajasenan – 2005

Book – Small Scale Industry in India: Large Scale Exit Problems, Bibek Debroy and Laveesh Bhandari (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2005) – 2005

Miscellaneous – Directory of Selected Panchayati Raj Training Institutions in IndiaTask Force on Panchayati Raj (New Delhi: Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, February 2005) – 2005

Book – New Issues in Panchayati Raj, Amitava Mukherjee and D. Bandopadhya (New Delhi: Concept, 2004) – 2004

Book – India: The Political Economy of Reforms, Bibek Debroy and Rahul Mukherji (eds) (New Delhi: Bookwell, 2004) – 2004

Book – Agenda for Improving Governance, Bibek Debroy (ed) (New Delhi: Academic Foundation, 2004) – 2004

Paper – Recent Negotiation Trends on Agriculture under WTO By Debashis Chakraborty – 2004

Miscellaneous – How is the State Functioning (2003) by Debashis Chakraborty – 2003

Miscellaneous – Freedom from Hunger and Fear (2003) by Harsh Mander, Jean Dreze and Vivek S – 2003

Paper – The Governance of Digitised Trade Taxation By Rahul Mukherjee – 2003

Book – Reinventing the Public Sector, S.R. Mohonot (New Delhi: Samskriti, 2003) – 2003

Paper – JPC Report X-Rayed The Stock Market Scam and the UTI Imbroglio: From Stodgy Socialism to Crony Capitalism By Mani Shankar Aiyar – 2003

Paper – Concrete Approach To Judicial Reform By P. K. Agarwal – 2003

Miscellaneous – Administrative Reforms in India (2003) by Amirullah Khan – 2003

Paper – Barriers to Inter-State Trade and Commerce: The Case of Road Transport By Bibek Debroy and P. D. Kaushik – 2003

Paper – An Economic Analysis of the Separation of Powers: Some Preliminary Evidence and Many Questions By Stefan Voigt – 2003

Paper – Fertility By Angelo Bertolo – 2003

Paper – Information Technology as an Engine of Broad-Based Growth in India: A Case Study of Punjab: Report to The Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi Principal Investigator: Nirvikar Singh – 2003

Miscellaneous – Suggested Agenda for Administrative Reforms (2003) by Jayparakash Narayan – 2003

Book – District–Level Deprivation in the New Millennium, Bibek Debroy and Laveesh Bhandari (New Delhi: Konark, 2003) – 2003

Book – Empowering Panchayats: Handbook for Master Trainers Using Participatory Approach Published for Task Force On Panchayati Raj, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, D. Bandyopadhyay, Amitava Mukherjee and Mitali Sen Gavai (New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company, 2003) – 2003

Miscellaneous – Concept and Practice of Administrative Reforms in Indian States (2002) by P. S.A. Sundaran – 2002

Miscellaneous – The State of India’s Education – A Survey of Literature (2002) by Paromita Shastri – 2002

Miscellaneous – Administrative Reforms in India (2002) by Rahul Mukherji – 2002

Miscellaneous – Social Sector Schemes: Literature Survey (2002) by D. Shyam Babu – 2002

Miscellaneous – Reforming Infrastructure: Survey of Recommendation of (2002) by Debashis Chakraborty – 2002

Miscellaneous – Water Management in India: Policy Issues (2002) by Mohammed Saqib – 2002

Miscellaneous – Agenda for Improving Governance (2002) by Bibek Debroy – 2002

Miscellaneous – E-governance: Government Initiatives in India (2002) by P. D. Kaushik – 2002

Miscellaneous – A Note on Educational policy for India (2002) by P. V. Indiresan – 2002

Miscellaneous – School Counselling Services: An Agenda in Education? (2002) by Niraj Seth – 2002

Miscellaneous – Institutional Reforms in the Enforcement of Criminal Justice in India (2002) by Arnab Kumar Hazra – 2002

Paper – The Political Economy of Power By S. L. Rao – 2002

Book – Salvaging the WTO’s Future: Doha and Beyond, Amit Dasgupta and Bibek Debroy (eds) (New Delhi: Konark, 2002) – 2002

Paper – Post-Nationalisation vs Post-Liberalisation: The Stress and the Distress in Accessing Finance for Small Industries By B. Yerram Raju – 2001

Miscellaneous – Stimulating Sustainable Trade in Electronics: Challenges, Realities and Strategies for the Indian Components Sector, Mohammed Saqib, Yashika Singh and Ritu Kumar RGICS in cooperation with iied and Commonwealth Science Council (New Delhi, February 2001) – 2001

Economic Reforms for the Poor, Shubhashis Gangopadhyay and Wilima Wadhwa (eds) (New Delhi: Konark, 2000) – 2000

Miscellaneous – Agenda for Change-II: The Need for Law Reform, Bibek Debroy, (ed) (New Delhi: Allied Publishers Ltd, March -1999

Miscellaneous – Agenda for Change-III: Communications, Broadcasting and Information Technology: Working for the Common Man, Bibek Debroy, (ed) (New Delhi: Allied Publishers Ltd, July 1999) – 1999

Miscellaneous – Polity and Governance Papers and Proceedings of a Symposium (New Delhi: Frank Bros.& CO, 1998) – 1998

Project – Corporate Governance and Ethics – 1998

Miscellaneous – Agenda for Change-I: Action Plan for the Economy RGICS in cooperation with Centre for Civil Society (New Delhi: Allied Publishers Ltd, March 1998) – 1998

Paper – Science and Technology: A Future Perspective By Abid Hussain – 1998

Paper – India’s Economic Development: Some views from abroad By Howard Schaffer, Jean Francois Giovannini, Jochen Kraske and Jean Baneth – 1998

Proceedings – An Agenda for Effective and Responsive Governance – 1997

Project – Education for the Future – 1997

Paper – Role of Copyright in Cultural and Economic Development of Developing Countries: The Asian Experience By Shahid Alikhan – 1997

Paper – India’s North-East and the Crisis of Migration By Sanjoy Hazarika – 1996

Paper – Kashmir Challenges and Prospects: Papers By Rasheeduddin Khan and Sumit Ganguly – 1996

Paper – Natural Resource Management For Poverty Alleviation By B. B. Vohra – 1996

Proceedings – Discussion on Broadcasting Policy – 1996

Paper – India After the Reforms By Ashok V. Desai – 1996

Paper – Atoms For Peace: Retrieving a lost deal By Saurabh Kumar and P. K. Iyengar – 1995

Proceedings – GATT-Uruguay Round Agreement – 1994

Proceedings – The Role of Intellectual Property in the Development Process – 1994

Miscellaneous – Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Initiative for The Advancement of Human Civilization: Statements and Declaration (New Delhi: Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, 1993) – 1993

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