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India Studies in Business and Economics

Globalization and Standards

Issues and Challenges in Indian Business

Editors: Das, Keshab (Ed.)

  • Examines the basis and agency of standards - product and process related – and deals with informality, inequality and role of institutions
  • Discusses aspects of trade, regulation and compliance along with concerns for such issues as labour conditions, incentives for innovation and environmental pollution
  • Highlights, with sub-sectoral focus, functional complexities of domestic and global standards within an imperfect institutional framework and a segmented consumer base
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About this book

The changes following more than two decades of economic reforms and globalization of the Indian economy – at state, corporate sector, and consumer level – raise interesting questions on the ways in which the stakeholders will continue to engage on the world stage, politically, socially and economically.  One key feature of global trade over this period has been the growing importance of not only product standards but, importantly, labor, environmental, food safety and social standards.  Being essentially a non-tariff barrier,standards have often become critical to market access and essential to sustained competitiveness. This has a clear impact on the manner in which both global and Indian business is conducted now and in the future.  It also underlines the need for a new area of enquiry that addresses the following questions:  How are the Indian public and private actors – the state, domestic firms, local consumers and society – influencing and being influenced by such standards? Do standards really matter in an overwhelmingly informal production sphere, with consumers deeply segmented on the basis of a highly skewed distribution of income and with the rural population becoming further marginalized?

We have limited knowledge about the challenges faced and strategies pursued by these key domestic actors, both public and private.  How have they been able to drive these processes and what are their implications for larger concerns with inequalities and the conditions of the poor?  How does the omnipresent informality influence compliance, encourage multiple standards and affect the chances of addressing institutional dysfunctionality?  What role does regulation play?  These are some of the issues dealt with in the book, which has chapters focusing on aspects of specific sectors such as microfinance, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, tea trading, the role of the state and changing consumer influence.

We have limited knowledge about the challenges faced and strategies pursued by these key domestic actors, both public and private.  How have been they able to drive these processes and what are the consequences of these changes for the Indian economy, other emergent economies and for the rest of the developing world?  In particular, what are their implications for the wider Indian society, especially on concerns with informality, inequalities and the conditions of the poor?  How does informality in its omnipresent form influence compliance, encourage multiple standards and chances of addressing institutional dysfunctionality?  What role does regulation play?  These are some of the issues dealt within the book wherein chapters focus on aspects of specific sectors, trading, role of the state and changing influence of the consumer.

About the authors

Keshab Das is a Professor and Acting Director at the Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, India.  He received his M.Phil. in Applied Economics and Ph.D. in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, through the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum. He received the VKRV Rao Prize in Social Sciences (Economics) in 2004. He has been a visiting researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, The Netherlands; Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM), University of Manchester, UK; University of Insubria, Varese, Italy; Institute of Developing Economies, Chiba, Japan; Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (MSH), Paris; and Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. He was twice invited as a CNRS visiting faculty at Recherches en Economie, Geographie et Anthropologie sur les Recompositions et le Developpement des Suds (REGARDS), Bordeaux, France.

Prof. Das has authored/edited many books including Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Competitiveness: Issues and Initiatives (Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation, Gandhinagar, 2011); Micro and Small Enterprises in IndiaThe Era of Reforms (Routledge, New Delhi, 2011. Edited.); Policy and Status Paper on Cluster Development in India (Foundation for MSME Clusters, New Delhi, 2007. Co-authored.); Indian Industrial Clusters (Ashgate, Aldershot, UK, 2005. Edited.); The Growth and Transformation of Small Firms in India (Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2001. Co-authored.); and Peasant Economy and the Sugar Cooperative: a Study of the Aska Region in Orissa (CDS, Trivandrum, 1993). With about eighty published research papers, his research concerns issues in regional development, industrialization, small firm development, industrial clusters, informal sector, labour and basic infrastructure in both rural and urban areas.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Globalization and Standards: Concerns in a Large Transforming Economy, India

    Das, Keshab

    Pages 3-20

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  • Standards and Consumer Behaviour of the Rising Middle Class in India

    Knorringa, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 23-40

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  • Impact of the Retail FDI Policy on Indian Consumers and the Way Forward

    Mukherjee, Arpita (et al.)

    Pages 41-59

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  • Environmentally Sensitive Goods in India’s Trade: Emerging Challenges and Prospects

    Mohanty, S. K.

    Pages 61-100

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  • Indian Microfinance and Codes of Conduct Regulation: A Critical Examination

    Nair, Tara S. (et al.)

    Pages 103-120

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Buy this book

eBook 83,29 €
price for India (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-1994-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 99,99 €
price for India (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-1993-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover 99,99 €
price for India (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-3518-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Globalization and Standards
Book Subtitle
Issues and Challenges in Indian Business
Editors
  • Keshab Das
Series Title
India Studies in Business and Economics
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
Springer India
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-1994-1
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-1994-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-81-322-1993-4
Softcover ISBN
978-81-322-3518-7
Series ISSN
2198-0012
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 300
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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