Theory, Policy, Practice: Development and Discontents in India
The edited volume is an attempt to unravel the dialectics of development theory, policy, and practice as experienced by people surrounding the development discourses. The book is an endeavor to understand how theory translates into policy, and policy translates into practice during implementation in the South Asian context. The essays are related to the grand narrative of ‘development’ which critically engages itself with the three major themes as suggested in the title, i.e. theory, policy, and practice. The essays look at the theoretical foundations of a policy, e.g. universal basic education, then look at the policy developed at the national level and discuss field realities of implementation. The book shows how many of the development challenges of the region spring from problems of translation from theory to policy to practice.