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Mapping Canadian Federalism for India

Rekha Saxena (Editor)
Synopsis Canada was the first nation in the British Commonwealth to have combined parliamentary and federal principles of government in 1867. India was the first nation in the Afro-Asian World to have attempted the same in 1950. The noted Canadian expert of comparative federalism, Ronald Watts, classifies both these political systems as what he calls "parliamentary federal systems". Though situated on the other sides of the globe and at different levels of economic development, Canada and India are similar in social and regional diversities and disparities, nature of the constitution, spectrum of political ideologies and party systems. This anthology of papers by some leading political scientists in Canada and India, including one from Germany, perceptively analyses the Canadian federal experience in its major dimensions. At least some papers are broadly comparative, bringing in their purview aspects of federalism in some other federal polities like Switzerland, India and Germany. Besides, the editor has also specifically tried to map the Canadian federal experience with a view to its relevance for India. Like Canada earlier, India too has been gradually becoming more federal despite its constitution, in particular towards the end of the 1980s. In addition to increasing politicization of the Indian society, the transformation of the party system and judicial activism have played an important role in the process, to say nothing of economic liberalization especially since 1991. This book would be of interest to comparativists, Indianists and Canadianists as well as to the general reading public.
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About the author

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.

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Title Mapping Canadian Federalism for India
Author Rekha Saxena
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8122006361
length xvi+474p., Tables
Subjects History