In Nepal, concepts like economic freedom, liberalisation and deregulation have historically been tied up with, and followed by periods of economic tensions. In the late 1980s, these were brought into deliberation in the aftermath of economic downturn. Reforms of the 1990s gave these deliberations life and the reforms in turn uplifted the economy and people. In contemporary public discourses, one gets a sense that these ideas are thought of as western concepts and do not suit the realities and needs of Nepal. Problems of the day are used as a pretext to substantiate the need of government and state interventions over markets. In this compendium, authors try to dissect this notion.
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