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BOOK LIST FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Political Theory and Indian Politics
|1||Political Theory: meaning and approaches.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, An Introduction to Political Theory by Rajeev Bhargav and Ashok Acharya, Poltical Theory by O.P. Gauba|
|2||Theories of the State: Liberal, Neoliberal, Marxist, Pluralist, Post-colonial and feminist.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, An Introduction to Political Theory by Rajeev Bhargav and Ashok Acharya, some internet searches|
|3||Justice: Conceptions of justice with special reference to Rawls’ theory of justice and its communitarian critiques.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, An Introduction to Political Theory by Rajeev Bhargav and Ashok Acharya|
|4||Equality: Social, political and economic; relationship between equality and freedom; Affirmative action.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, An Introduction to Political Theory by Rajeev Bhargav and Ashok Acharya|
|5||Rights: Meaning and theories; different kinds of rights; concept of Human Rights.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, An Introduction to Political Theory by Rajeev Bhargav and Ashok Acharya|
|6||Democracy: Classical and contemporary theories; different models of democracy – representative, participatory and deliberative.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, An Introduction to Political Theory by Rajeev Bhargav and Ashok Acharya|
|7||Concept of power, hegemony, ideology and legitimacy.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, internet search|
|8||Political Ideologies: Liberalism, Socialism, Marxism, Fascism, Gandhism and Feminism.||Political Ideologies by Andrew Heywood|
|9||Indian Political Thought: Dharamshastra, Arthashastra and Buddhist traditions; Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Sri Aurobindo, M.K. Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, M.N. Roy.||Makers of Modern India by Ram Chandra Guha, Indian Political Thought by M.P. Singh and Himanshu Roy, internet search|
|10||Western Political Thought: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, John S. Mill, Marx, Gramsci, and Hannah Arendt.||Western Political Thought-from Plato to Marx by Subrat Mukherjee and Sushila Ramaswamy, internet search for Gramsci and Arendt|
Indian Government and Politics
Political Strategies of India’s Freedom Struggle: Constitutionalism to mass Satyagraha, Non-cooperation, Civil Disobedience; Militant and revolutionary movements, Peasant and workers’ movements.
Perspectives on Indian National Movement: Liberal, Socialist and Marxist; Radical humanist and Dalit.
|Shubhra Ma’am’s notes|
|2||Making of the Indian Constitution: Legacies of the British rule; different social and political perspectives.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes|
|3||Salient Features of the Indian Constitution: The Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Duties, Directive Principles; Parliamentary System and Amendment Procedures; Judicial Review and Basic Structure doctrine.||Indian Polity by Laxmikanth, Shubhra Ma’am’s notes|
Principal Organs of the Union Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and Supreme Court.
Principal Organs of the State Government: Envisaged role and actual working of the Executive, Legislature and High Courts.
|Indian Polity by Laxmikanth, Shubhra Ma’am’s notes|
|5||Grassroots Democracy: Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government; significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grassroot movements.||Indian Polity by Laxmikanth, Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, Our Political System by Subhash Kashyap|
|6||Statutory Institutions/Commissions: Election Commission, Comptroller and Auditor General, Finance Commission, Union Public Service Commission, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, National Commission for Women; National Human Rights Commission, National Commission for Minorities, National Backward Classes Commission.||Indian Polity by Laxmikanth, Shubhra Ma’am’s notes|
|7||Federalism: Constitutional provisions; changing nature of centre-state relations; integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations; inter-state disputes.||Indian Polity by Laxmikanth, Shubhra Ma’am’s notes|
|8||Planning and Economic Development : Nehruvian and Gandhian perspectives; role of planning and public sector; Green Revolution, land reforms and agrarian relations; liberalization and economic reforms.||Indian Polity by Laxmikanth, Shubhra Ma’am’s notes|
|9||Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics.||Indian Polity by Laxmikanth, Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, Oxford Companion to Politics in India|
|10||Party System: National and regional political parties, ideological and social bases of parties; patterns of coalition politics; Pressure groups, trends in electoral behaviour; changing socio- economic profile of Legislators.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes|
|11||Social Movements: Civil liberties and human rights movements; women’s movements; environmentalist movements.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes|
Comparative Politics and International Relations
Comparative Political Analysis and International Politics:
|1||Comparative Politics: Nature and major approaches; political economy and political sociology perspectives; limitations of the comparative method.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, Comparative Politics by J.C. Johari|
|2||State in comparative perspective: Characteristics and changing nature of the State in capitalist and socialist economies, and, advanced industrial and developing societies.||Same as in Paper I Political Theory, Shubhra Ma’am’s notes|
|3||Politics of Representation and Participation: Political parties, pressure groups and social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, Comparative Politics by J.C. Johari|
|4||Globalisation: Responses from developed and developing societies.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, internet search|
|5||Approaches to the Study of International Relations: Idealist, Realist, Marxist, Functionalist and Systems theory.||International Relations by Peu Ghosh|
|6||Key concepts in International Relations: National interest, Security and power; Balance of power and deterrence; Transnational actors and collective security; World capitalist economy and globalisation.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, International Relations by Peu Ghosh|
Changing International Political Order: Rise of super powers; strategic and ideological Bipolarity, arms race and Cold War; nuclear threat;
Non-aligned movement: Aims and achievements;
Collapse of the Soviet Union; Unipolarity and American hegemony; relevance of non-alignment in the contemporary world.
|Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, International Relations by Peu Ghosh|
|8||Evolution of the International Economic System: From Brettonwoods to WTO; Socialist economies and the CMEA (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance); Third World demand for new international economic order; Globalisation of the world economy.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, International Relations by Peu Ghosh|
|9||United Nations: Envisaged role and actual record; specialized UN agencies-aims and functioning; need for UN reforms.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, International Relations by Peu Ghosh, mea.gov.in|
|10||Regionalisation of World Politics: EU, ASEAN, APEC, SAARC, NAFTA.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, International Relations by Peu Ghosh, mea.gov.in, websites of the mentioned organisations|
|11||Contemporary Global Concerns: Democracy, human rights, environment, gender justice, terrorism, nuclear proliferation.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, International Relations by Peu Ghosh, internet search|
India and The World:
|1||Indian Foreign Policy: Determinants of foreign policy; institutions of policy-making; continuity and change.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, International Relations by Peu Ghosh, mea.gov.in|
|2||India’s Contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement: Different phases; current role.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, International Relations by Peu Ghosh|
India and South Asia:
Regional Co-operation: SAARC – past performance and future prospects.
South Asia as a Free Trade Area.
India’s “Look East” policy.
Impediments to regional co-operation: river water disputes; illegal cross-border migration; ethnic conflicts and insurgencies; border disputes.
|Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, mea.gov.in, internet search, EPW|
|4||India and the Global South: Relations with Africa and Latin America; leadership role in the demand for NIEO and WTO negotiations.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, mea.gov.in, internet search, EPW|
|5||India and the Global Centres of Power: USA, EU, Japan, China and Russia.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, mea.gov.in, internet search, EPW|
|6||India and the UN System: Role in UN Peace-keeping; demand for Permanent Seat in the Security Council.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, mea.gov.in, UN website, internet search, EPW|
|7||India and the Nuclear Question: Changing perceptions and policy.||Shubhra Ma’am’s notes, mea.gov.in, internet search, article called Toward a ‘force-in-being’: the logic, structure, and utility of India's emerging nuclear posture by Ashley Tellis, EPW|
|8||Recent developments in Indian Foreign policy: India’s position on the recent crisis in Afghanistan, Iraq and West Asia, growing relations with US and Israel; vision of a new world order.||Mea.gov.in, internet search, EPW|