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Articles/Papers/Book Chapters:

Ashwini K Swain

2014: 'Regulating the Race to Renewables​', Yojana​, Vol 58 (May): 29-32.
Ashwini K Swain

2014: India's Green Industrial Policy: Pursuing Clean Energy for Green GrowthEconomic and Political Weekly, 49 (9): 19-21.
Ashwini K Swain

2014: Balancing State, Utility and Social Needs in Agricultural Electricity Supply: The Case for a Holistic Approach to ReformBriefing Note, Geneva: Global Subsidies Initiative, International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Ashwini K Swain & Udai S Mehta 

2012: In Pursuit of Energy Efficiency in India's Agriculture: Fighting 'Free Power' or Working with it? AFD Working Paper 126, Paris: Agence Française de Développement.
Ashwini K Swain & Olivier Charnoz
 
2012: High Returns, Low Attention, Slow Implementation: The Policy Paradoxes of India’s Clean Energy Development, AFD Working Paper 125, Paris: Agence Française de Développement.
Olivier Charnoz & Ashwini K Swain
 
2009: Introducing Competition in the Indian Electricity: Is Micro-Privatisation a Possible Way? in Pradeep S Mehta and Simon J Evenett (eds) Politics Triumphs Economics? Political Economy and the Implementation of Competition Law and Regulation in Developing Countries, Vol II, Jaipur: CIRC & C-CIER, pp. 119-139.
Ashwini K Swain
 
2007: Power Crisis in Maharashtra: Socio-Economic Implications, in R. Sthanoomurthy (ed) Maharashtra Economy: Performance, Opportunities, and Challenges, Hyderabad: ICFAI University Press, pp. 231-244.
Ashwini K Swain
 
Columns:
 
2014: Modi's Maiden Motion: What's 'New' for Renewable? CIRC Issue Note 07, CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition, New Delhi.
Ashwini K Swain

2014: Can India Reform its Agriculture?​The Diplomat, 01 June.
Ashwini K Swain

2013: In Pursuit of Low-Carbon ElectricityIdeas for India, 06 September.
Ashwini K Swain
 
2013: Regulating the Race to RenewablesCIRC Issue Note 01, CUTS Institute for Regulation and Competition, New Delhi.
Ashwini K Swain
 
2013: India's Green Industrial Policy, East Asia Forum, 18 May.
Ashwini K Swain
 
2013: Low-Carbon Development in Indian Agriculture: A Missed Opportunity, Ideas For India, 12 April.
Ashwini K Swain & Olivier Charnoz
 
2013: Taking Energy Efficiency to the Market, Business Standard, 8 March, New Delhi.
Ashwini K Swain
 
2013: Agriculture- An Undervalued Sector for Climate Mitigation, Financial Express, 4 January, New Delhi.
Ashwini K Swain & Olivier Charnoz
 
2012: India's Clean Energy Paradox, Business Standard, 7 December, New Delhi.
Ashwini K Swain & Olivier Charnoz
 
2012: The Futility of 'Pump Priming' Agriculture, Business Standard, 8 September, New Delhi.
Ashwini K Swain & Olivier Charnoz
 
Book Reviews:
 
2009: ‘Book Review- The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy’, Political Studies Review, 7(3): 418-419.
 
2009: ‘Book Review- Reinventing Public Service Delivery in India: Selected Case Studies’, Contemporary South Asia, 17(1): 94-95.
 
2008: ‘Book Review – Participatory Citizenship: Identity, Exclusion, Inclusion’, Pacific Affairs, 81(1): 137-138.
 
Consultancy Reports:
 
2012: Assessment of Horticulture and Livestock Producer Groups in Five Focus Districts, Submitted to the Horticulture and Livestock Project, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Kabul.
 
2012: Agriculture in Afghanistan: Linking Agricultural Producers to Markets (Local, Regional & International), Submitted to the Asia Foundation, Kabul.​

PhD Thesis:


Electrification has become a pivotal development issue in the developing countries, as it provides a huge range of social and developmental advantages. At the same time it has been realised that delivering electricity in the rural areas, particularly to poor, is a hard task and requires establishment of effective institutions and delivery mechanisms. If not properly planned, highly subsidised rural electrification programmes may end up in drain of resources and damaging impacts on the utilities. These challenges are probably better illustrated in the Indian case, where half of the population still living in dark. In recent years, centralised planning and resource allocation, which used to be the governing principle for development, has been blamed for the failure. As a response to the perceived failure of top-down centralised planning and implementation, bottom-up decentralised participatory models have been proposed by international development organisations. The bottom-up model proposed for electric service delivery seek to involve the users in the delivery process through building micro-institutions and empowering them to plan, manage, monitor, and own the local service delivery mechanism. The proposed model marks the beginning of a new paradigm for electricity service delivery that relies on the users and their democratic capabilities. In this context, this study, drawing on experiences in two cases in Eastern India, analyses the potentials of decentralised participatory model of electricity delivery. It provides an empirical analysis of how and to what extent decentralisation and users’ participation in electricity delivery contributes to efficiency and effectiveness gain in electricity supply system. Moreover, building on participatory democracy, the study analyses the empowering effects of participation in electricity users associations. It concludes that decentralisation and users’ participation has significant contributions to electricity service improvement. Yet, it identifies scope for improvement in the model and suggests some methods and approaches by which the model could be made more efficient and effective, and can produce real gains for the poor.