“How Did West Bengal Perform in the ‘Firecracker Ban Test’ Amid COVID-19?” | Article by Prerna Dhoop & Vandana Dhoop
March 7, 2022
This article “How Did West Bengal Perform in the ‘Firecracker Ban Test’ Amid COVID-19?” is authored by NLS Faculty member Prerna Dhoop and Vandana Dhoop, Independent Consultant, and was published in Economic & Political Weekly, Vol. 57, Issue No. 9, February 2022.
Abstract: The article analyses what makes a social regulation like the firecracker ban in the state of West Bengal in India a success story such that it may be replicated by other states which are striving hard to curb air pollution levels and arrest rising pandemic cases amidst a festive season. The firecracker ban has been examined on the basis of Teubner’s Regulatory Trilemma and Parker and Braithwaite’s three principles to check whether it passes the tests of effectiveness, responsiveness and coherence. The article demonstrates how West Bengal has carved a new and expanded meaning of “performing regulation” in India by ensuring compliance through not just a threat of punishment but cooperation as well.
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