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Contemporary Indian Politics

GOVT 275
Spring 2015
Section: 01  
Certificates: International Relations, South Asia Studies

In this broad survey of contemporary India, we will examine major political, economic and social developments of the past quarter-century. With the defeat of Rajiv Gandhi and the Congress Party in the 1989 general elections, India entered a period of coalition governments and more robust multiparty competition. This era has also been one of increasing urbanization, economic liberalization, international trade, and financial globalization. In light of dramatic domestic and international upheavals, what have been some of the successes and challenges of Indian political institutions? We will consider the causes and consequences of changes in historical and comparative context, paying special attention to distributive justice. Despite rapid economic growth, as well as a burgeoning middle class, poverty and other social divisions and dilemmas stubbornly persist. How have political and economic gains been distributed, and how have ordinary Indian citizens fared?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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