Documenting Reforms is an attempt at documenting and understanding the process of reforms in India. In eleven of the most important areas, top experts have made an effort to describe the successes and failures that India has experienced in reforms.
Many books and papers have been written discussing policy alternatives and strategies for India, mostly involving a critique of the present situation, and a forward-looking evaluation of the available alternatives. This volume is an attempt at a more detailed narrative about what was done and why. The case studies look back; document what was attempted, what worked and what did not work, and the reasons underlying success or failure.
If there is a unifying theme in the volume, it is that of redefining he role of the State in producing and delivering public goods. What appears to have been at work is a broad based effort at reforming the role of the State. This has ranged form areas such as better functioning of elections to the use of information technology for improving tax administration.
The insights into the evolution of the role and functioning of the Indian State will no doubt illuminate the next cohort of intellectuals and reformers in India.