Government and Politics in South Asia

Robert C. Oberst, Yogendra K. Malik, Charles Kennedy, Ashok Kapur, Mahendra Lawoti, Syedur Rahman, Ahrar Ahmad

Seventh Edition • July 30, 2013 • 544 pages

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This comprehensive but accessible text provides students with a systematic introduction to the comparative political study of the leading nations of South Asia: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. The seventh edition is extensively revised and updated, benefiting from the fresh perspective brought on by adding a new author to the team. New material includes discussions of political parties and leaders in India, the Zardari regime and changes to the Pakistani constitution, the rocky relationship between Pakistan and the Obama administration, new prospects and dangers facing Bangladesh, continuing political violence in Sri Lanka, and the troubles facing Nepal as it attempts to draft a new constitution.

Organized in parallel fashion to facilitate cross-national comparison, the sections on each nation address several topical areas of inquiry: political culture and heritage, government structure and institutions, political parties and leaders, conflict and resolution, and modernization and development. A statistical appendix provides a concise overview of leading demographic and economic indicators for each country, making Government and Politics in South Asia an invaluable addition to courses on the politics of South Asia.

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Robert C. Oberst is professor of political science at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Yogendra K. Malik is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Akron.

Charles H. Kennedy is professor of political science at Wake Forest University.

Ashok Kapur is distinguished professor emeritus of political science at the University of Waterloo.

Mahendra Lawoti is professor of political science at Western Michigan University.

Syedur Rahman is director of international sponsored programs at Northern Virginia Community College.

Ahrar Ahmad is professor of political science at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.

1. Introduction

Part I: India
2. Political Culture and Heritage
3. Political Institutions and Governmental Processes
4. Political Parties and Political Leaders
5. Groups and Multiple Demands on the System
6. Conflict Mediation
7. Modernization and Development

Part II: Pakistan
8. Political Culture and Heritage
9. Government Structure
10. Political Parties and Leaders
11. Conflict and Mediation
12. Policy Issues
13. Modernization and Development

Part III: Bangladesh
14. Political Culture and Heritage
15. Government Institutions
16. Elections, Parties, and Interest Groups
17. Conflicts and Resolution
18. Modernization and Development: Prospects and Problems

Part IV: Sri Lanka
19. Political Culture and Heritage
20. Government Structure
21. Political Parties and Interest Groups
22. Conflict Mediation: Ethnic Conflict and War
23. The Search for Prosperity
24. Modernization and Development: Prospects and Problems

Part V: Nepal
25. Political Culture and Heritage
26. Government structure
27. Political Parties and Interest Groups
28. Conflict and Mediation
29. Modernization and Development

Part VI: South Asia
30. South Asia as a Region in the World System

Statistical Appendix

Praise for Prior Editions:

“Its comprehensive character and accessible narrative style account for its wide popularity. This is an excellent and timely book, and makes a significant contribution to debates on India’s current and future economic development.” –Pacific Affairs

“Not only the best introductory handbook to the contemporary politics of this particular region but also better than most of its genre.” –Asian Affairs

“An excellent text … Provides an important service to instructors at the college level teaching such a broad and diverse topic as South Asian government and politics.” –Journal of Developing Societies

“A well-researched, concise introductory text that broadly examines the political development of the seven states of South Asia since the end of British rule … Among the very best introductory treatments of the region currently available.” –History Review of New Books

“All students and teachers of courses on the politics of South Asia should use this text. It is the only book available to offer a survey of government and politics in the countries of this region. Happily, it is brief, current, and intelligently written as well … The real strengths of this book are that it is comprehensive, factually accurate, current, and succinct. It is a perfect accompaniment to a class or seminar on the region; in its text, tables, and diagrams, it provides a wonderful empirical foundation in the context of a modern history with comparatively little interpretation, almost no editorializing, and absolutely no jargon.” –South Asia in Review

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