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Indian Judiciary and Politics: The Changing Landscape

M.P. Singh (Editor) Rekha Saxena (Editor) B.D. Dua (Editor)
Synopsis Few will deny that the post-emergency higher judiciary in India has earned widespread public acclaim for its innovate and creative jurisprudence, notwithstanding the argument advanced by some critics that it has exercised excessive jurisdiction, transgressing at times the executive and legislative domains, country to the original 'checks and balances' design of the Constitution. While the issue of judicial restraint in the context deserves serious attention, the fact of the matter is that juristocracy invariably triumphs when the elected representatives in a democracy cannot be trusted to provide good and lawful governance. From this perspective, the unprecedented judicialization of politics and the growth of judicial activism in India seems to be an organic response to pressures within the political system itself. The contributors to the volume are well-known scholars, lawyers, and academics. They reflect on the itinerary of higher judiciary and its contributions to constitutional law and public good contextualized for the developmental path of the political system since the commencement of the republic in 1950. The papers cover a variety of topics -judicial activism, judiciary and ecology, secularism, parliamentary institutions, central executive, new economy, and judicial reforms -that focus primarily, though not exclusively, on the ramifications of judicial activism for Indian politics.
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About the authors

M.P. Singh

M.P. Singh is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Delhi and specializes in Indian and Canadian politics and Philosophy of Science. He was the Head of the Department of Political Science and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Science at the University, and a Director of the Indian Council of social Science Research. He has authored, edited, and co-edited several books on Indian politics and contributed scholarly papers in professional journals in India and North America.

Rekha Saxena

Rekha Saxena teaches Political Science in Janaki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi. She was awarded Shastri-Indo Canadian Institute's Doctoral (1999-2000) and Faculty Research Fellowship (2003) to visit Canada where she was affiliated with the Department of Political Studies and Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at the Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.

B.D. Dua

B.D. Dua s a Professor of Political Science at the University of Lathbrige, Alberta, Canada. His area of specialization is Comparative Politics, Public Administration, and Federalism. He has chaired the Department of Political Science for a number of years and is the Dean (Emeritus), Faculty of Arts and Science at the University. He has several publications, including books, to his credit and is well published in prestigious journals.

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Title Indian Judiciary and Politics: The Changing Landscape
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.08.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173047235
length 489p., Notes; Index; 23cm.