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Government and Politics of India: Comparative Government and Politics

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India, with its 900 million inhabitants, is the world's most populous democracy whose success in sustaining its democratic institutions in the face of deep internal divisions and cleavages makes it of special interest to the student of comparative politics.

Ramesh Thakur's new text provides a lively and up-to-date introduction to the government and politics of India, and offers a wealth of empirical detail combined with sophisticated critical ...

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Overview

India, with its 900 million inhabitants, is the world's most populous democracy whose success in sustaining its democratic institutions in the face of deep internal divisions and cleavages makes it of special interest to the student of comparative politics.

Ramesh Thakur's new text provides a lively and up-to-date introduction to the government and politics of India, and offers a wealth of empirical detail combined with sophisticated critical analysis. It explains the historical legacies that have shaped the structures of Indian government and influenced patterns of politics. The author describes the network of Indian institutions at federal and provincial level and conveys a sense of where power is located, how it is used and the constraints on its exercise. Special attention is devoted to caste, religion and regionalism in Indian society and to the nature of democratic politics in relation to third world development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312127190
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Comparative Government and Politics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, Exhibits, and Map
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
1 The Indian Mosaic 1
Snapshot one: caste 7
Preferential policies 8
Snapshot two: secularism 13
Snapshot three: religious nationalism in Punjab 18
Snapshot four: gender 27
2 Constitutional Government 37
Constitutionalism 37
Legacies of the Raj 38
India's constitutional structure 46
The judiciary 51
3 Federalism 68
Origins of Indian federalism 68
Indian federalism 71
Financial relations 76
Party-political centralisation 81
The governor 86
The special status of Kashmir 91
4 The President 101
Choosing the president 101
Powers 104
Controversies 106
Presidential government for India? 113
5 Prime Minister and Cabinet 121
Prime minister 121
Prime ministers of India 126
Cabinet 133
6 Parliament 138
Lok Sabha 139
Rajya Sabha 147
Committees 149
The opposition 151
Sovereignty of parliament 152
State legislatures 155
Transplant of parliamentary institutions in India 156
7 The Bureaucracy 159
The concept of a bureaucracy 159
The public service commissions 161
The public services 164
Problems 169
Civil political relations 173
Corruption in the bureaucracy 176
Reforms 179
8 The Security Services 183
The police 183
The military 198
9 Party Politics 220
Political parties 220
The Indian National Congress 222
The Janata coalitions 233
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 237
Class-based parties 247
Regional parties 250
Pressure groups and Indian politics 253
10 Electoral Politics 257
Distinctive attributes of India's elections 257
India's general elections, 1980-91 263
Regionalisation of India's politics 271
Theoretical questions 274
11 Development Theories and the India's Record 289
Economic growth 290
The modernisation school 292
Alternative indices of development 296
The dependency school 301
India's quest for planned development 308
12 India as a Liberal-Democratic State 326
Liberalism and democracy 326
State and society 329
India's democracy 334
The 1975-7 emergency 337
Market democracy 342
Contemporary challenges to Indian democracy 346
References 352
Index 372
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