Development Finance & Indian Political Economy

Development finance – the conversion of finance into infrastructure and services to contribute to environmentally and sustainable opportunities – is a significant political and administrative challenge anywhere, and even more so for a country as large and socio-economically diverse as India. Much of my work on political economy of India has been focused on understanding the pace of organizational change within the State as its relationship with the private sector and civil society evolves. Between the intergovernmental give-and-take of an evolving federation, the political fireworks of a coalition government, and the administrative complexity of implementing policies and public investment plans, there is always some new twist to understand.

Recent Writings -

Seddon, Jessica (2016). “Making Autonomous Institutions Accountable,” Mint November 8, 2016

Seddon, Jessica (2016). “Why the Electoral College Matters,” Mint November 22, 2016.

Seddon, Jessica (2016), “Why the Electoral College Matters,” (Alt Version). 


Seddon, Jessica (2016). “Perspective in Politics,” Mint October 11, 2016

Seddon, Jessica (2016). “The Benefit of the Doubt,” Mint October 25, 2016

Seddon, Jessica (2016). “A New Cartography for Catalysts: Understanding Cities,” Mint Sept 29, 2016

Seddon, Jessica (2016). “The Maze of Cross-Subsidies,” Mint Sept 13, 2016

Seddon, Jessica (2015). “The Limits of Control in Parliament,” Mint December 17, 2015.

Mahalingam, A. & J. Seddon (2015). “Designing for Change: Flexibiiities in Infrastructure PPPs,” Paper contributed to the Kelkar Committee on PPPs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.


Seddon, J. (2015) “Budget 2015 | Accelerating into the curve,” Mint Feb 25, 2015

Seddon, Jessica & T.N. Srinivasan (2014). “Building a New House, Returning to an Original Foundation” Ideas for India and Mint

Seddon, Jessica (2014). “Institutions for Transport Governance,” Report of the National Transport Development Policy Committee. Government of India (Drafted Chapter)

Seddon, Jessica. Contributing Author to Indo-California Air Pollution Mitigation Programme (2014): Strategies for Reducing Emissions from Transport (Lead Author, Governance Chapter)

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2014. “Marketworthiness and Municipal Finance Reforms in India,” Isher Ahluwalia and Ravi Kanbur, eds. Urban Infrastructure. Oxford University Press.

2013. “Institutionalizing Impact Investing,” in India Venture Capital and Private Equity Report, IIT Madras.


2013. “The Social Net Worth,” in Caravan. September 2013.

2013. Seddon, Jessica (2013) “Speaking of Social Impact,” Skoll World Forum, Debate Series in

2013. Seddon, Jessica (2013). “Do It Yourself Governance in India,” Council on Foreign Relations Development Channels Blog

2013. “Moving India, Policies and Priorities in Transport Sector Reform” (with N.K. Singh), forthcoming, Noll, Roger, and T.N. Srinivasan, eds. Indian Economic Reforms. Cambridge University Press.

2013. “PPPs in Urban Infrastructure in India” (with Ashwin Mahalingam). Working Paper.

2012. “Market Dharma,“ Caravan. December 2012

2012. Institutional Transformation in India: Infrastructure, Planning, and the Agenda Ahead (with N.K.Singh). Preliminary paper “Infrastructure in the 12th Plan presented at Stanford Centre for International Development Annual Conference on Indian Economic Development, October 2012.

2012. “Towards Ending the Natural State,” Financial Express, September 6, 2012.

2012. “Why You Can’t Trust the Facts About India’s Economy,“ Bloomberg Businessweek. February 29, 2012.

2012. “The Window of Uncertainty,” Financial Express, May 11, 2012.

2012. “Beyond the BPL,” Financial Express, February 28,2012.

2012. “America’s Angst, India’s Advance Warning,” Financial Express, January 19,2012.…/901191/

Reading Between the Lines: Seeing the Poor in India, Issue 6 Prayas, an online magazine (Guest Editor)

2011. “Inelastic Institutions: Political Change and Intergovernmental Transfer Oversight in Post-Independence India,” (with T.N. Srinivasan). India Policy Forum 2011-2012

2010. “Outcomes Rule: Getting Development from Development Expenditure,” (with Yamini Aiyer and Jay Chaudhuri). India Review 9(2).

2010. “Fire Alarms in Action: Making Sense of Large-Scale User Feedback on City Services in Karnataka,” India Review 9(2).

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