The challenges of universalising social policy: India in comparative perspective

Social policy in India is variegated and fragmented. Recent conversations have turned to a focus on universalising basic incomes. Nevertheless, universal coverage of social policy pertaining to such critical areas such as education, health, incomes and insurance and food security remain outside the purview of political and public policy discourse. Furthermore, social policies are rarely embedded in vocabularies of inclusion, rights and social justice. Although the Indian Government espouses the principle of inclusive growth, universal social policy remains a distant dream. The participants at this consultation will examine the evidence on the political and social drivers of social exclusion and inclusion and draw lessons from and for the Indian experience. How and why do governments institute inclusive social policy? Although the empirical focus of the consultation is India, the workshop will situate the Indian case in comparative perspective.

 

Harsh Mander, human rights activist and Director, Center for Equity Studies in Delhi will present an update from India, based on his work for the India Exclusion Report 2015.

 

Speakers include:

Amrita Chhachhi

Barbara Harriss-White

Diego Sanchez-Ancochea

Elaine Chase

Harsh Mander

Indrajit Roy

Jan Breman

Matthew McCartney

Convener: Indrajit Roy, Department of International Development

16 Nov
Time:
10:00
Speaker:
  • Harsh Mander, human rights activist and Director, Center for Equity Studies in Delhi
Series:
ODID Special Lectures & Seminars
Location:
Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford 2 6UD