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South Asia: Societies in Political and Economic Transition

Tan Tai Yong (Editor)
Synopsis The last few years have been significant for South Asia, with fundamental political and economic transitions in several of the countries. Bangladesh opted for an interim government, followed by the election of a democratic government. Pakistan saw the assassination of a former Prime Minister, followed by peaceful elections and perhaps, hope for stability. Nepal went through substantial change, with the Maoists initially in power and subsequently, opting out of the government. In contrast, elections in Bhutan have brought a smooth transition to democracy. On the other hand, economic issues have dominated India in recent times, including aggressive responses to the global slowdown, fiscal expansion and an early return to growth from the downturn.

In an attempt to capture these changes in South Asia, this publication falls into two parts. The first deals with political issues in the countries that have witnessed the most change and turbulence, while the second part deals with economic issues that have been of concern to all the South Asian Countries, and to India in particular.

In summary, this publication is an eclectic mix that covers a spectrum of current issues in South Asia. It is a melting pot of politics and change, of reforms and stagnation, and of growth and disparity. It also brings together a varied range of experiences across the South Asian region. Most importantly, the publication reflects the dynamism of the region and the fast pace of change in politics as well as in economic policy. The book has been titled 'South Asia: Societies in Political and Economic Transition' to reflect this dynamism.
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About the author

Tan Tai Yong

Tan Tai Yong, a Professor of History, was appointed Director of the Institute of South Asian Studies on 1 June 2008. He is concurrently Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore.

He has written extensively on South Asian history as well as on Southeast Asia and Singapore. His recent books include Creating Greater Malaysia: Decolonization and the Politics of Merger (2008); Partition and Post-Colonial South Asia: A Reader (co-edited, 2007): The Garrison State (2005), The Aftermath of Partition in South Asia (co-authored, 2000) and The Transformation of Southeast Asia: International Perspectives on De-colonization (co-edited, 2003).

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Bibliographic information

Title South Asia: Societies in Political and Economic Transition
Author Tan Tai Yong
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173048463, 9788173048463
length 518p., Figures; Tables; 23cm.