GOV 347K • Governments and Politics of South Asia
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
This course first compares the post-independence political histories of South Asian countries, particularly India and Pakistan. It then explores selected topics across countries: social and cultural dimensions of politics; structures of power; and political behavior. The underlying theme is to explain the development and durability of the particular political regimes - democratic or authoritarian - in each country.
There will be substantial reading with a great deal of choice; knowledge obtained from the reading will be tested in the: mid-term and Part One of the final exam (Part Two will be essay questions 70% of the grade). Midterm - 30% Final Exam - 70%
Stuart Corbridge and John Harriss, "Reinventing India: Liberalization, Hindu Nationalsim, and Popular Democracy." London: Blackwell, 2000. Stephen P. Cohen, "The Idea of Pakistan." Washington: The Brookings Institution Press, 2004. Most of the reading will consist of scholarly articles, available on E-Reserve.