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South Asian Politics
GOVT 272
Spring 2017
Section: 01  

When India gained independence from British Rule in 1947, democracy was not expected to last in the heterogenous and poor sub-continent. Yet, democracy has thrived in India for almost 70 years and, more recently, other South Asian countries have democratized. What explains this unexpected trend? Is there a connection between colonial legacies and South Asian democratization successes (and failures)? After an overview of caste, religion and language in the region, this course explores South Asian politics by examining the historical and institutional development of democracy in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. In particular, we will examine how the politics of accommodation and good institutional design have affected the persistence of democracy on the sub-continent; we will also consider relevant policy implications.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

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