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Paper Tiger: Law, Bureaucracy and the Developmental State in Himalayan India


ISBN13: 9781107106970
Published: December 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £69.99



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A big cat overthrows the Indian state and establishes a reign of terror over the residents of a Himalayan town. A developmental legislation aimed at providing employment and commanding a huge budget becomes 'unimplementable' in a region bedeviled by high levels of poverty and unemployment. Paper Tiger provides a lively ethnographic account of how such seemingly bizarre scenarios come to be in present-day India.

This book presents a unique explanation for why and how progressive laws in India can do what they do and not, ever so often, what they are supposed to do. On the basis of detailing the everyday bureaucratic life on India's Himalayan borderland, it proposes an ethnographically derived concept - paper tiger - as a modality for the study of the state. This accessible monograph shifts the very frames of thought through which we will henceforth understand the implementation of law and the workings of the developmental Indian state.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , India
Contents:
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Acronyms
Prologue
Introduction
1. A remote town: the paper state
2. The state life of law
3. The material production of transparency
4. The letter of the state
5. Meeting one another: paper tiger?
6. The reign of terror of the big cat
Conclusion: the state as a paper tiger
References
Index.