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State, society and market in the aftermath of natural disasters in colonial India: a preliminary exploration

Roy, Tirthankar (2008) State, society and market in the aftermath of natural disasters in colonial India: a preliminary exploration. Indian Economic and Social History Review, 45 (2). pp. 261-294. ISSN 0019-4646

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Abstract

How did South Asian societies rebuild their economies following natural disasters? Based on five episodes from colonial India, this article suggests that between the mid-nineteenth and the mid-twentieth century, the response to disasters changed from laissez-faire to more state intervention. Despite this change, post-disaster rebuilding was complicated by unspecified rights to lost property, conflicting claims to property, asymmetric information between aid-givers and receivers, conflicts between agencies, lack of cooperation between gainers and losers, and in some of these examples, clashes between the colonial state and nationalist organisations.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ier.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2008 SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 15:02
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27491/

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