Paradise Lost?: State Failure in Nepal

Paradise Lost?: State Failure in Nepal


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Paradise Lost?: State Failure in Nepal by Ali Riaz, Subho Basu

Paradise Lost examines the state-society relationships in Nepal and demonstrates that the nature of the state, disjuncture between the state and the society, and the rupture of the ideological hegemony of the ruling class of Nepal have created a situation where existing institutional frameworks are disintegrating and the state is rapidly unraveling. Dr. Ali Riaz and Dr. Subho Basu analyze the roles of ethnicity, identity, and deprivation, in engendering discontent and the rise of the Maoists as a formidable political force. Mindful of the geo-strategic importance of the country, this book contextualizes these domestic developments within the post-9/11 global world. Jointly authored by a political scientist and a historian this book brings together structural and historical perspectives. Written in an engaging language, Paradise Lost? will appeal to political scientists, historians, sociologists, and those interested in current affairs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739146644
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 07/08/2010
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.09(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Ali Riaz is professor and chair of the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University. Subho Basu is associate professor in the Department of History at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Understanding the Crisis in Nepal and State Failure Chapter 2 State Formation and Political Transition in Nepal (1768-2005) Chapter 3 Ethnicity and Politics in Nepal Chapter 4 Economic Crisis and the Lack of Performance Legitimacy Chapter 5 Maoist Insurgency and the Militarization of the Nepali Polity and Society Chapter 6 Popular Uprising 2006 Chapter 7 Problems and Prospects Chapter 8 Appendix 1: Nepal: The Fundamentals Chapter 9 Appendix 2: Memorandum from UNPF to the Prime Minister Chapter 10 Appendix 3: The Letter of Understanding Between the 7-party Coalition and the Communist Party of Nepal Chapter 11 Appendix 4: The Eight-point Agreement between SPA and the CPN (M)

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