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The Oxford Companion to Politics in India

Niraja Gopal Jayal (Editor) Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Editor)
Synopsis India's democratic polity--thriving amidst enormous social and cultural diversity and persistent inequalities--has long been an anomaly in democratic theory. In the context of India's increasing ascendancy on the global stage, it has also become a subject of widespread popular interest.
The Oxford Companion to Politics in India addresses this interest by presenting a wide-ranging and comprehensive survey of politics in India today. It covers a gamut of issues that are organized thematically under eight broad rubrics. About forty essays encompass a vast range: from elections to economic reforms; business and politics to redistribution and social justice; coalition politics to judicial activism; and from India's foreign policy to the use of data in explaining Indian politics.

Incorporating the best social science research on each theme, the Companion presents incisive analyses of the central issues in India's democratic polity. The contributors, leading academics from around the world, provide a masterly overview of each domain of study, evaluating key theoretical positions and intellectual debates, and presenting their own analytical perspective interwoven with a narrative of political developments.

Written in a lucid and accessible style, this comprehensive analytical reference work will be indispensable for political scientists, economists, sociologists, and those interested in India's international relations and domestic policymaking.
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About the authors

Niraja Gopal Jayal

Niraja Gopal Jayal Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance and Director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Study, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Devesh Kapur is Frederick Danziger Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University and a Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Center for International Development at Harvard University; a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Gloabl Development in Washington DC; and a Senior Associate at the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University.

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Title The Oxford Companion to Politics in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.05.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 195669762
length xxvi, 618 p, tables,