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The Indian Parliament: A Comparative Perspective

Gert W Kueck (Editor) Ajay K. Mehra (Editor)
Synopsis As the Indian Parliament reached the landmark of 50 years of its fruitful, though tumultuous existence, the debate on anomalies creeping into the institution and the Parliamentary system became intense. The debate, in fact, has fluctuated between cynicism and pessimism. Though there has also been a discourse on Parliamentary reforms, it has generally been tied to the discourse on electoral reforms. The debate and the plea for Parliamentary reforms, therefore, have been relatively diffused and weak. This topical collection of original essays by eminent scholars drawn from diverse disciplines examines wide-ranging issues related to functioning of Indian Parliament since its inception. The essays locate Indian Parliament in the context of Indian democracy, critically examine its institutional dimensions, political and institutional processes impacting Parliament and Parliamentary democracy, federal dimensions of the Indian Parliament and aberrations, anomalies that have developed over the years in the highest portal of Indian democracy and concludes with a discourse on Parliamentary reform in India. In understanding these complex political and institutional processes, this volume provides a comparative framework by bringing in the experiences of Germany which offers useful lessons, particularly with regard to federal dimension of Parliamentary Democracy. Overall, this volume provides an incisive and comprehensive analysis of the issues related to Indian Parliament and Parliamentary Democracy. Constituting an important contribution to the on-going debate on these issues, this volume will attract the attention of students of Indian politics, political science, democracy, party systems and comparative politics.
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About the authors

Gert W Kueck

Prof. Gert W. Kueck is the Resident Representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and independent non profit-making German association, to India since 1993. Being a student of developmental economics and political science, he achieved some knowledge in the field of oriental studies too. After he graduated with a PhD in economics, he stated an impressive academic career teaching international trade and economic relations with special reference to Afro-Asian and Latin American countries. Several times and for many years, he was able to enrich his academic experience by various practical activities, mainly as an advisor to big companies and in the framework of the United Nations system. He has participated actively in a great number of important conferences at the multinational level and has authored a number of books as well as contributed to scientific journals.

Ajay K. Mehra

Ajay K. Mehra is Honorary Director of the Centre for Public Affairs, New Delhi. He currently teaches Indian politics at the Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi, and is a regular contributor to the Indian media on issues of public affairs.

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Title The Indian Parliament: A Comparative Perspective
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 812200654X
length 459p.