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Parliament and Foreign Policy Decision Making: Parties, Politics and The Making of India's China Policy

Sibaram Badatya (Author) P Lazarus Samraj (Author)


Parliament in a representational democracy like India is a cardinal pillar of the sovereign will and constitutionally empowered to formulate policies to manage India's internal as well as external affairs. However, unlike other major democracies, the role of Indian Parliament in foreign policy decision making was apparently reluctant and feeble and restrained itself from playing decisive role in shaping India's external relations. However , the scenario changed at the beginning of Sino-Indian confrontation and the parliament has shown enormous interest on various issues of foreign affairs by questioning, debating and discussing India's China policy. This changing dimension of Indian parliament on foreign  policy decision making needs to be properly studied and analysed and this book is an attempt in that direction. The primary aim of the work is to analyse the changing nature of parliamentary involvement in foreign policy decision making and theorize its influence. The parliamentary debates on China have been meticulously collected and the attitude of the various political parties and statesmen have been systematically analysed to theorize parliament's role in the making of India's foreign policy in general and India's China policy in particular.



Sibaram Badatya is working as an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) Chennai. He completed his Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies from Pondicherry University with specialization on Foreign Policy Analysis. Before joining VIT he was working as Guest Faculty at Pondicherry University . Dr. Badatya also worked as a Research Fellow on a UGC Major Research Project at Pondicherry University and also a recipient of the ICSSR doctoral fellowship. He has published several articles in reputed journals and delivered lectures in seminars on various issues of International politics. His area of research includes, Foreign Policy Analysis, India-China relations and South Asian politics.  P. Lazarus Samraj is working as a Professor in International Studies at Pondicherry University . He was awarded Fulbright fellowship in 1997 and visited the American Defence Installations. Prof. Samraj has been a resource person at various UGC Human Resource Development Centres in south India and has published seven books and more than twenty articles in national and international journals. He was the founding director of the UMISARC and Centre for South Asian Studies and started the M.A programme in Political Science at Pondicherry University . He served as the member of the Board of Studies of many Universities and associates with several academic associations, including Indian Association for Political Science, Indian Association for American Studies and South Indian American Network.

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Bibliographic information

Title Parliament and Foreign Policy Decision Making: Parties, Politics and The Making of India's China Policy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.10.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789353242381
length 414p., 23cm.