New book co-authored by Zaad Mahmood offers new insight into collective bargaining in India

26 April, 2019

Limits of Bargaining: Capital, Labour and the State in Contemporary India is an original addition to the political economy analysis of capital-labour relations in the organised industrial sector, particularly under the conditions of economic liberalization in India.

In light of how India’s laws and market have changed in the last twenty five years, the book analyses the dynamics of the capital-labour bargaining process.

Limits of Bargaining also examines the nature, scope and political economy of collective bargaining in India. It focuses on the underlying structural-political conditions that have shaped India’s capital-labour relations, and delves into the everyday processes of collective bargaining in West Bengal, offering a comprehensive view of the state of collective bargaining and trade unions in India.

Dr Zaad Mahmood is ODID’s Departmental Lecturer in South Asian Development and Politics. His research focuses on political economy of reforms, issues of public policy, labour issues, elections and politics in India.

The book is co-authored with A. Chakraborty, S. Chowdhury and S. Banerjee from the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata, an institute devoted to advanced academic research and informed policy advice in areas including employment, economic development, education and literacy.

Achin Chakraborty, Subhanil Chowdhury, Supurna Banerjee & Zaad Mahmood (2019), Limits of Bargaining: Capital, Labour and the State in Contemporary India, Cambridge University Press.