The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SPP Hosts Book Talk with Rajesh Veeraraghavan

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The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy will host an online book talk by Professor Rajesh Veeraraghavan of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service on February 24 at 8 a.m. ET.

Veeraraghavan will speak about his new book, Patching Development: Information Politics and Social Change in India, published by Oxford University Press.

In the book, Veeraraghavan examines how governments can develop large-scale programs that deliver benefits to marginalized citizens and overcome resistance to these programs from within local power systems. In particular, he will discuss the multi-level contestation of public officials, local politicians, and social movements, based on his research on the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, a national anti-poverty program, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. His book examines the technological and institutional innovations adopted by top-level bureaucrats and their method of continuous marginal improvement — a powerful process that Veeraraghavan calls "patching development."  

Dr. Neeti Shikha (photo, right), associate dean of the Indian School of Public Policy, who researches and teaches in the area of corporate laws and governance, will provide comments at the event. It will be moderated by Alasdair Roberts, professor and director at the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy.  

The book talk is co-sponsored by the Indian School of Public Policy and the  American Society for Public Administration’s South Asia Section

Registration is required to attend the event, which will take place on Zoom.

About the School of Public Policy: Established in 2016, the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy prepares students for leadership in public service. The program’s focuses include social change and public policy related to science and technology.

Contact: Maureen Turner, associate director for marketing and communications, School of Public Policy

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