India and the Politics of Developing Countries
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India and the Politics of Developing Countries
Essays in Memory of Myron Weiner


© 2005 | 268 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
`The essays in this volume will be welcomed by many political scientists as well as more lay observers of the Indian political situation. It is a welcome addition to our understanding of the evolution of political forces in independent India and deserves serious reading' - Australian Journal of Political Science

 

The baffling complexity of Indian politics has engaged the attention of many a political scientist. It has also led some to remark on its exceptional nature. Several key insights into the dynamics of Indian politics have been possible because of attempts at theoretical formulations and comparison with other developing countries. These methods served as the foundation for Myron Weiner`s engagement with India. His formidable intellectual acuity was solidly grounded in methodological clarity—a feature that also informs the essays in this volume.

This important volume brings together renowned scholars who take Myron Weiner`s original, pioneering and often surprising insights into a wide range of themes—democratization, party politics, pressure groups, federalism, caste, identity politics and ethnic conflict, affirmative action, public policy, and political economy—as their starting point to arrive at conclusions that validate or extend Weiner`s works. Divided into three parts—Party Politics and Democracy, Ethnic Politics, and Political Economy—the essays in the book critique conventional wisdom and some well-known theoretical positions.

Ashutosh Varshney
Introduction
 
PART ONE: PARTY POLITICS AND DEMOCRACY
Gabriel A Almond
Myron Weiner on India and the Theory of Democratization
Lucian W Pye
Why One Party Dominant Systems Decline
James Manor
`Towel over Armpit': Small-Time Political `Fixers' in India's States
 
PART TWO: ETHNIC POLITICS
Kanchan Chandra
Elite Incorporation in Multiethnic Societies
Christophe Jaffrelot
`Unity in Diversity': Composite Culture Is Not Multiculturalism
Steven I Wilkinson
India, Consociational Theory and Ethnic Violence
 
PART THREE: POLITICAL ECONOMY
Mary Fainsod Katzenstein
The Mother and the State in India
Ashutosh Varshney
Why Haven't Poor Democracies Eliminated Poverty?
Baldev Raj Nayar
The BJP's Economic Nationalism in Theory and Practice
 
Index

`The essays in this volume will be welcomed by many political scientists as well as more lay observers of the Indian political situation. It is a welcome addition to our understanding of the evolution of political forces in independent India and deserves serious reading' - Australian Journal of Political Science


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