South Asian Politics|
Spring 2021 not offered
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, and we will also consider relevant policy implications.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CGST-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)
Neil DeVotta (2015), AN INTRODUCTION TO SOUTH ASIAN POLITICS, Routledge, ISBN-10: 0415822793; Katherine Boo (2012), BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS; LIFE, DEATH AND HOPE IN A MUMBAI UNDERCITY, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014 Reprint, ISBN 081297932X.
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One mid-term exam and one final exam; four short (1-2 page) papers.
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