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Routledge Handbook of Indian Politics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 416

Routledge Handbook of Indian Politics

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-01-04
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  • Publisher: Routledge

India’s growing economic and socio-political importance on the global stage has triggered an increased interest in the country. This Handbook is a reference guide, which surveys the current state of Indian politics and provides a basic understanding of the ways in which the world’s largest democracy functions. The Handbook is structured around four main topics: political change, political economy, the diversity of regional development, and the changing role of India in the world. Chapters examine how and why democracy in India put down firm roots, but also why the quality of governance offered by India’s democracy continues to be low. The acceleration of economic growth since the mid-1...

In Pursuit of Lakshmi
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 529

In Pursuit of Lakshmi

The pursuit of Lakshmi, the fickle goddess of prosperity and good fortune, is a metaphor for the aspirations of the state and people of independent India. In the latest of their distinguished contributions to South Asian studies, scholars Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph focus on this modern-day pursuit by offering a comprehensive analysis of India's political economy. India occupies a paradoxical plane among nation states: it is both developed and underdeveloped, rich and poor, strong and weak. These contrasts locate India in the international order. The Rudolphs' theory of demand and command polities provides a general framework for explaining the special circumstances of the In...

Politics in India
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 266

Politics in India

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2012-07-26
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Providing a comprehensive analysis of the broad spectrum of India’s politics, this undergraduate textbook explains the key features of politics in India in a comparative and accessible narrative, illustrated with relevant maps, life stories, statistics and opinion data. Familiar concepts of comparative politics are used to highlight the policy process, with a focus on anti-poverty measures, liberalisation of the economy, nuclearisation and relations with the United States and Asian neighbours such as Pakistan and China. The author raises several key questions relevant to Indian politics, including: •?Why has India succeeded in making a relatively peaceful transition from colonial rule to...

India, Pakistan, and Democracy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

India, Pakistan, and Democracy

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2010-09-13
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  • Publisher: Routledge

The question of why some countries have democratic regimes and others do not is a significant issue in comparative politics. This book looks at India and Pakistan, two countries with clearly contrasting political regime histories, and presents an argument on why India is a democracy and Pakistan is not. Focusing on the specificities and the nuances of each state system, the author examines in detail the balance of authority and power between popular or elected politicians and the state apparatus through substantial historical analysis. India and Pakistan are both large, multi-religious and multi-lingual countries sharing a geographic and historical space that in 1947, when they became indepe...

Routledge Handbook of South Asian Politics
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 480

Routledge Handbook of South Asian Politics

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2010-04-30
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  • Publisher: Routledge

The Routledge Handbook of South Asian Politics examines key issues in politics of the five independent states of the South Asian region: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Written by experts in their respective areas, this Handbook introduces the reader to the politics of South Asia by presenting the prevailing agreements and disagreements in the literature. In the first two sections, the Handbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the modern political history of the states of the region and an overview of the independence movements in the former colonial states. The other sections focus on the political changes that have occurred in the postcolonial states since indepe...

Organising Women's Protest
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

Organising Women's Protest

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-01-14
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  • Publisher: Routledge

This study examines the nature of two women's activist groups in Madras and their activities since 1979, focusing on their work with the media, slum issues, registration of marriages and initiation of an apprenticeship scheme. But this volume is more than a study of women and their organisations. It is a study of political processes in which women are active, an attempt to discuss women's political behaviour in male-dominated society where official bodies, as well as the academic world, pay attention to 'women's issues' but where women as political actors continue to be invisible.

The Success of India's Democracy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 298

The Success of India's Democracy

How has democracy taken root in India in the face of a low-income economy, widespread poverty, illiteracy, and immense ethnic diversity? Atul Kohli brings together some of the world's leading scholars of Indian politics to consider this intriguing anomaly. They do so by focusing, not so much on socio-economic factors, but rather on the ways in which power is distributed in India. Two processes have guided the negotiation of power conflicts. First, a delicate balance has been struck between the forces of centralization and decentralization and, second, the interests of the powerful in society have been served without excluding those on the margins. These themes are addressed by the editor in his introduction, which is followed by an essay on the historical origins of Indian democracy, and two sections, one on the consolidation of democratic institutions, and the other on the forces which motivate or inhibit democratic growth.

The Elementary Education System in India
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

The Elementary Education System in India

First published in 2009. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

State-Directed Development
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 466

State-Directed Development

This book argues that the reason states become prosperous is more or less effective states.

Paths to Power and Patterns of Influence
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 398

Paths to Power and Patterns of Influence

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2000
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Party politics in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu is known to be markedly person-centred and is often described by terms like 'hero worship' and 'personality cult'. Hence, one of the themes of the book is the democratic tension between the ideal of political equality, on which the principle of general suffrage is based, and the elitist elevation of leaders that general suffrage may lead to. The study analyses both the pronounced exposure of individual political leaders that characterises the main Dravidian parties and investigates the party activities in one of Tamil Nadu's major cities, Madurai. It seeks to capture the scope, the importance and the forms of party-mediated broking, while also tracing the persons who have local influence and the ways in which and the grounds on which they have gained this influence. Ingrid Widlund further discusses the likely political impact of mediatory services and how differences in style between the central party leaders can have repercussions on local politics. Hence, the book is a contribution to the study of contemporary parliamentary democracy.