Routledge Handbook of Indian Politics

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India's growing economic and socio-political importance on the global stage has triggered an increased interest in that country. Scholars, policy analysts, students and the curious layperson alike are keen to gain a basic understanding of the ways in which the world's largest democracy functions. As a result, there is at present an unprecedented need for a ready reference that provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to the central themes of Indian politics and this Handbook fills this niche. Chapters ...

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Overview

India's growing economic and socio-political importance on the global stage has triggered an increased interest in that country. Scholars, policy analysts, students and the curious layperson alike are keen to gain a basic understanding of the ways in which the world's largest democracy functions. As a result, there is at present an unprecedented need for a ready reference that provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to the central themes of Indian politics and this Handbook fills this niche. Chapters are structured along the themes of state, society, and the politics that links the two in the context of post-Independence India. In the section entitled 'The State' a spectrum of India's leaders; institutions, such as political parties and federalism; economic growth and social development; and politics in different states are examined. The section on 'Society' analyzes identity politics; the relationship between religion and society; and various aspects of civil society. The final section — 'International Perspectives' — analyzes India's foreign relations as well as a selection of national security issues. The contributions are written by experts in their respective field, and consequently, the handbook offers an invigorating initiation into the seemingly daunting and complex terrain of Indian politics. It is targeted primarily towards academics, policy analysts, researchers and graduates as well as undergraduate students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415776851
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Pages: 416

Meet the Author

Atul Kohli is David Bruce Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, USA. His principal research interests are in the areas of comparative political economy with a focus on the developing countries.

Prerna Singh is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University, USA. Her research interests are in the area of comparative politics, development, identity politics and South and East Asia.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Politics in India Atul Kohli and Prerna Singh Part 1: Political Change 2. The Historical Inheritance of India’s Democracy Maya Tudor 3. Gandhi’s India, the World’s Gandhi; Gandhi at Home and in the World Susanne and Lloyd Rudolph 4. Nehru and his legacy Jivanta Schoettli 5. India’s Minority Leaders Niraja Gopal Jayal 6. Panchayati Raj Institutions Rani Dayal Mullen 7. The Changing Fortunes of the Bharatiya Janata Party Amrita Basu 8. Regional and Caste parties Suhas Palshikar 9. Caste and Political Parties in India: Do Indians vote their caste – while casting their vote? Christophe Jaffrelot 10. Dalit Politics: Untouchability, Identity and Assertion Hugo Gorringe 11. Class Politics in India: Euphemization, Voting, and Power Ron Herring 12. Reservations Gurpreet Mahajan 13. The State and Civil Society in Communal Violence: Sparks and Fires Ashutosh Varshney and Joshua Gubler 14. Insurgencies in India Paul Staniland 15. People’s Movements in India Jennifer Bussell Part 2: Political Economy 16. India’s economic development Nagaraj Rayaprolu 17. The State and the Capitalist Class in India Vivek Chibber 18. Politics and Redistribution in India John Harriss 19. Corruption in India Stuart Corbridge 20. Public goods provision and social development in India Prerna Singh 21. Labor Regulation, Trade Unions and Unemployment Emmanuel Teitelbaum Part 3: Diversity of Regional Developments 22. Uttar Pradesh: New Patterns of Mobilization in the 1990s and Beyond Sudha Pai 23. Kerala in Comparative Perspective: Movements, Politics and Democracy Patrick Heller 24. Tamil Nadu Adam Ziegfeld 25. West Bengal Manali Desai 26. Bihar Jeffrey Witsoe Part 4: India and the World 27. India and the World: The Vicissitudes of Mutual Adjustment Baldev Raj Nayar 28. India in Asia: Geostrategic and economic considerations Lawrence Saez 29. The Indo-Pakistani Conflict Sumit Ganguly 30. India and Nuclear Weapons Kanti Bajpai 31. India's evolving security strategy Vipin Narang 32. International Migration and its consequences for India Devesh Kapur
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