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Nepal: Political Parties and Parliament

Lok Raj Baral (Editor)
Synopsis Political Parties and Parliament are inseparable in parliamentary democracy. Without parties, parliament cannot be formed, and without parliament, parties’ relevance to power and political processes would not exist. Such a symbiotic relationship between parties and parliament is universally accepted. The present volume also aims at rediscovering the newer role of parties and parliament as the old (British) model of parliamentary democracy alone would not address the overaching problems of a country like Nepal. Contextualization of multiparty democracy has thus become a new agenda of today’s social scientists and politicians. The failure of political parties to make parliament as the hub of politics and change is being reviewed. Most people believe that parliament in the traditional mould cannot grapple with the emergent problems. So the reconstruction of the polity becomes a necessity. Collection of articles based on fieldwork and other documentary sources has focused on such concerns. The state of democracy is in question because of the derailment of parliamentary system due to intervention of the king on October 4, 2002. it failures of political parties in the past twelve years did contribute to such aberrations to creep into the process, the ambition of the kind and violent activities carried out by the Maoists since 1996 have compounded the crises of democratic governance. How parliament and parties could have averted such disaster by introducing a number of socio-economic and political reforms is adequately brought into the discourse.
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About the author

Lok Raj Baral

Lok Raj Baral (Ph.D.) is Professor and Executive Chairman of Nepal Centre for Contemporary Studies (NCCs). He is the author of several books of Nepal and South Asia and regular contributors to National and International Journals, and edited volumes. Prof. Baral served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of political science and was ambassador of Nepal to India during 1996-97.

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Bibliographic information

Title Nepal: Political Parties and Parliament
Author Lok Raj Baral
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Adroit Publishers
Language: English
isbn 8187392428
length 232p., Tables; Notes; 23cm.