The impact of Special Economic Zones in India: a case study of Polepally SEZ

This study provides an overview of the national-level controversy surrounding SEZs, before turning to a detailed account of the acquisition process and impacts of one SEZ in Polepally, Andhra Pradesh. Based on an extensive field survey, this case study reveals how evictions were not based on informed consent, but forced; that they involved an apparently illegal acquisition of lands assigned to marginalised communities under previous land reforms under the false pretext that they were