Regional Reflections: Comparing Politics Across India's States

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Rob Jenkins
Oxford University Press, 2004 - Political Science - 308 pages
This book provides an important comparative analysis of how Indian federalism and Indian democracy operate within the states of the union. The volume brings together the writings of highly respected scholars in politics each of who examine a distinct analytical problem from the perspective of a two-state comparison. The book deals with four key areas of Indian democracy economic policymaking, subaltern politicization, civic engagement, and political leadership. The subject matter ranges from the reasons why markedly different institutional inheritances and patterns of sociopolitical change in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka nevertheless produced such similar party and electoral systems, to an explanation for the differing levels of communal violence in Uttar Pradesh and Kerala. The answers to these and other questions are both illuminating about the nature of democratic practice in contemporary India and instructive about questions of how and on what scale to apply the comparative me thod. It thus sheds light on the nature of democratic practice in contemporary India and provides a useful guide to how comparative analysis, within the confines of a single nation-state, can contribute to the study of political change Contributors include Loraine Kennedy, Aseema Sinha, Sanjay Kumar, Christophe Jaffrelot, Jasmine Zerinini-Brotel, Ashutosh Varshney, Rob Jenkins, James Manor, and Mukulika Banerjee

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