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Routledge Handbook of South Asian Politics

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal

Edited by: Paul R. Brass

Print publication date:  April  2010
Online publication date:  April  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415434294
eBook ISBN: 9780203878187
Adobe ISBN: 9781134078585

10.4324/9780203878187
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The Routledge Handbook of South Asian Politics examines key issues in politics of the five independent states of the South Asian region: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Written by experts in their respective areas, this Handbook introduces the reader to the politics of South Asia by presenting the prevailing agreements and disagreements in the literature.

In the first two sections, the Handbook provides a comprehensive introduction to the modern political history of the states of the region and an overview of the independence movements in the former colonial states. The other sections focus on the political changes that have occurred in the postcolonial states since independence, as well as the successive political changes in Nepal during the same period, and the structure and functioning of the main governmental and non-governmental institutions, including the structure of the state itself (unitary or federal), political parties, the judiciary, and the military. Further, the contributors explore several aspects of the political process and political and economic change, especially issues of pluralism and national integration, political economy, corruption and criminalization of politics, radical and violent political movements, and the international politics of the region as a whole.

This unique reference work provides a comprehensive survey of the state of the field and is an invaluable resource for students and academics interested in South Asian Studies, South Asian Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  India and Pakistan Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Sri Lanka’s independence Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Political change, political structure, and the Indian state since Independence Download PDF
Chapter  5:  State-level politics, coalitions, and rapid system change in India Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Pakistan’s politics and its economy Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Party overinstitutionalization, contestation, and democratic degradation in Bangladesh  Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Politics and governance in post-independence Sri Lanka Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Nepal Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The old and the new federalism in independent India Download PDF
Chapter  11:  India’s judiciary Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Balancing act Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Confronting constitutional curtailments Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Executive sovereignty Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Politics of language in India Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Language problems and politics in Pakistan Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Crises of national unity in India Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Communal and caste politics and conflicts in India Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Ethnic and Islamic militancy in Pakistan Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Ethnic conflict and the civil war in Sri Lanka Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The political economy of development in India since Independence Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The political economy of agrarian change in India Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Economic development and sociopolitical change in Sri Lanka since Independence Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The militaries of South Asia Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Corruption and the criminalization of politics in South Asia Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Radical and violent political movements Download PDF
Chapter  27:  International politics of South Asia Download PDF
Glossary Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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