Contemporary Indian Politics|
Spring 2017 not offered
|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?
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)
Jean Drèze & Amartya Sen, AN UNCERTAIN GLORY: INDIA AND ITS CONTRADICTIONS (Princeton University Press, 2013).
Sumit Ganguly & Rahul Mukherji, INDIA SINCE 1980 (Cambridge University Press, 2011). ISBN: 9780521678049
Atul Kohli, POVERTY AMID PLENTY IN THE NEW INDIA (Cambridge University Press, 2012). ISBN: 9780521735179
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Oral presentations, midterm examination, end-of-term examination, final research paper.
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