Political Parties in South Asia

Overview

Political parties are recognized as a highly important instrument for the functioning of democratic politics. They are essential for state formation and the intermediation between the state and society. This book is a pioneering attempt to discuss and analyze the complex variations of the party landscape in South Asia. It pays special attention to the evaluation of the role of political parties in the creation of multicultural, pluralist, and democratic societies.

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Overview

Political parties are recognized as a highly important instrument for the functioning of democratic politics. They are essential for state formation and the intermediation between the state and society. This book is a pioneering attempt to discuss and analyze the complex variations of the party landscape in South Asia. It pays special attention to the evaluation of the role of political parties in the creation of multicultural, pluralist, and democratic societies.

The contributions to this volume come from indigenous authors who bear the necessary contextual knowledge needed to analyze the political parties in South Asia. This work helps explain why analytical concepts can provide explanations in some areas of this subject but fail in others. It also argues that the political parties in South Asia should not be assessed only through criteria taken from western experience. The material in this volume is sure to inform academic debate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275968328
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/2004
  • Series: Political Parties in Context
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

SUBRATA K. MITRA is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Dehli. He currently holds the posts of Executive Director of the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg, and President of the Research Committee of the International Sociological Association.

MIKE ENSKAT is Policy Consultant with the GTZ, Eschborn, Germany, and former Lecturer in Political Science at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.

CLEMENS SPIESS is Lecturer in Political Science at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Introduction 1
2 The Indian National Congress : problems of survival and re-invention 31
3 The Bharatiya Janata Party : Hindu nationalism and the compulsions of pluralism 55
4 Communist Party of India (Marxist) : from rebellion to governance 76
5 Telugu Desam Party : the dialectics of regional identity and national politics 103
6 The Muslim League : decline of a national party 130
7 Pakistan People's Party : the twin legacies of socialism and dynastic rule 156
8 The MQM of Pakistan : between political party and ethnic movement 177
9 Bangladesh Nationalist Party : from military rule to the champion of democracy 196
10 The Awami League : from charismatic leadership to political party 216
11 The United National Party of Sri Lanka : reproducing hegemony 236
12 The Tamil United Liberation Front : ethnic hegemony, unitary state democracy and the dilemma of a minority party 259
13 The Nepali Congress : party agency and nation-building 276
14 The Communist Party of Nepal (UML) : ideology at the crossroads 301
15 Epilogue : rethinking party theory in the light of South Asian experience 329
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