Jepson Fellows Share Their Scholarship

Drs. Surupa Gupta and Jess Rigelhaupt both Jepson Fellows shared their scholarship on February 11, 2013!  Thanks to all who attended to make this evening an engaging forum for learning about your scholarship.

“Global markets, national strategy and regional resistance: The politics of farm sector marketing reforms in India”

Surupa Gupta will present on the main arguments and findings from her book manuscript on the politics of agricultural marketing reforms in India during the last decade. Initiation of liberal economic reforms in 1991 and the proposed negotiations of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture in 2001 provided the twin catalysts for agricultural marketing reforms proposed in 2003. Although globalization played a central role in the formulation and initiation of the marketing reforms in the farm sector, the adoption and implementation of new policy are best explained by focusing on domestic politics within India. This project analyzes three central forces that have shaped the progress of reforms in this area. It begins by describing the liberal economic ideas that shaped the discourse on agricultural marketing reforms. The political discourse was dominated by the federal government and agricultural economists. It then focuses on state-level institutions within India’s federal system that played a central role in deciding which policies would be adopted. Finally, it explains how the interests of various actors – the federal government, state governments, businesses and farmers’ groups – have shaped the complex web of farm sector marketing policies that exist in India today.

Centering the Left: Civil Rights, Labor, and Progressive Politics

Jess Rigelhaupt will present the central arguments and key findings from his book manuscript, which is tentatively titled, Centering the Left: Civil Rights, Labor, and Progressive Politics. The San Francisco Bay Area’s progressive politics and culture are rooted in left-labor-civil rights coalitions, which began to emerge in the 1930s and solidified during World War II.  This historical study helps to explain how progressive politics became a defining characteristic of Northern California life by documenting the history of left-labor- civil rights coalition building in the San Francisco Bay Area from the 1930s to the 1970s.  The story examines how the left shifted to center and became part of the political mainstream. The left-labor-civil rights alliances in the Bay Area survived the McCarthy era and reentered electoral politics during the Vietnam War.  Thus, the region’s liberal politics involve far more than ideological beliefs and they are deeply rooted in social movements growing out of progressive coalitions from the 1940s.  This book helps to illuminate how electoral strategies that drew on left-labor-civil rights alliances became a key component for progressive, center-left politics that are now defining features of Northern California politics and culture.

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