Politics and Government in South Asia
For the academic year 2016-17, this course will focus on democracy and development in India in the period after independence from colonial rule. The themes discussed during the course will be those that are important to India as well as to a general study of politics in developing countries. Topics include the colonial legacy, patterns of state formation, democracy and democratic performance, state institutions, political parties, identity politics, ethnic violence and secessionist conflict, class, social movements, the political economy of development, and foreign relations. The course will begin with an overview of the colonial legacy and the historical process of political change in India. It will then be organized thematically. Prior background in South Asian politics and history is not required.
Format and Requirements
One two-hour lecture per week. Course requirements TBA.