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Saez, Lawrence and Mahmood, Zaad (2016) 'Business and labor market flexibility in India: The importance of caste.' Business and Politics, 18 (2). pp. 171-198.

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Since the enactment of economic liberalization in India in the early 1990s, variation in investment climate and labor market reforms across sub-national states has been linked to the increasing relevance of business in policy making. This article argues that the influence of business on policy is conditioned by wider political dynamics. We argue that the reform orientation of states correspond to the position of business classes and caste-based groups within the support base of political parties. We show that caste identification plays an important role on the position of political parties towards business liberalization policies. Thus, we conclude that the relative power of business across the states appears to vary due to the relation between business and government, which in turn is structured by the salience of business castes as an electorally relevant group.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISSN: 14693569
Copyright Statement: © 2016 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston. This is the accepted version of an article published by De Gruyter in Business and Politics:
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Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2016 20:32

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