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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2005

GOV 347K • Governments and Politics of South Asia

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36345 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PHR 2.110

Course Description

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.

Grading Policy

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.


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