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Course Name : M.A. Political Science
Service Name : M.A. Political Science 2020-21 Syllabi
Semester : I
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Course I : Western Political Thought-I
1. St. Augustine.
2. St. Thomas Aquinas.
Essential Readings :
In addition to some sections from the original texts of the thinkers mentioned in the course (to be specified by the course-teacher), the students may refer to the following secondary literature
General Text Books :
1. Dunning, W.A., A History of Political Theories, Allahabad (any edition).
2. Ebenstein, William, Great Political Thinkers, IBH, Oxford (any edition).
3. Sabine, G.H., A History of Political Theory, Oxford and IBH, Bombay (any edition).
4. Russell, Bertand, History of Western Philosophy, Simon and Schuster, New York (any edition).
5. Strauss, Leo and Joseph Cropsey, History of Political Philosophy, Rand McNally, 1968.
Course II : Key Concepts In Political Analysis
Politics and the Political – Conflict, Consensus, Class, Patriaarchy, Public and the Private Power – Three Dimensional View of Power, Power to and Power over, Influence, Exploitation, Hegemony, Power/Knowledge.
State- Political Authority and Political Obligation, Modern State,Theories of the state, Govern mentally, State-Society relationship Civil Society- Historical evolution of the concept, Civil Society as market, public sphere, civic virtue; associational life, State/ civil society, relationship
Democracy- Who should rule and why? Liberal democracy and its critics, Representation and Participation Liberty – Negative and Positive models, Civil and Political liberty, Freedom of expression, Alienation, Social conditioning
Equality and Justice – Why equality; Equality of What/ Distributive justice: Universality and difference, Care Rights- Natural, legal rights, human rights; Three generations of rights, Individual and group rights
Course-III – Indian Politics: Institutions at Work (compulsory)
1. Making of Political Institutions:
a) Constituent Assembly Debates: Secularism, Rights
b) Preamble, Fundamental Rights and the Directive Principles of State Policy
c) Constitutional Amendments related to Right to Property: Nature, Problems and Politics
2. Federal Institutions:
a) Strong Centre Framework: Reading Relevant Constitutional Text
b) Autonomy and Devolution: Sarkaria Commission Recommendations
c) Local Self Government: Politics of Decentralization
3. Executive and Legislature:
a) President and Prime Minister: Modes of exercise of powers
b) Governors and Chief Ministers: Changing Role and Institutional Relationship
c) Union Parliament: Composition, Powers, Reservations and Parliamentary Committees
4. Judicial Power and Rule of Law:
a) Supreme Court: Jurisdictions
b) Judicial Independence, Judicial Review
c) Judicial Activism, Public Interest Litigation
d) Election Commission of India and Electoral Reforms
1. Arora, Balveer and Douglas Verney, eds., Multiple Identities in a Single State: Indian
2. Bandyopadhyay, Sekhar (ed.) Nationalist Movement in India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2009.
3. Constituent Assembly Debates (Selections).
4. Federalism in Comparative Perspective, Konark Publishers, New Delhi, 1995.
5. Mehta, Pratap Bhanu, The Burden of Democracy, Penguin, New Delhi, 2003
6. Mehta, V. R. and Thomas Pantham (ed.), Political Ideas in Modern India, Delhi, Sage, 2006.
7. Mukherji, Nirmal and Balveer Arora, eds., Federalism in India: Origins and Development, Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi, 1992.
8. Rao Shiva B., The Framing of India’s Constitution, A Study and Select Documents, Tripathi, Bombay, 1968.
9. Saez, Lawrence, Federalism without a Centre: The Impact of Political and Economic Reforms on India’s Federal System, Sage, New Delhi, 2002.
1. Baxi Upendra, The Supreme Court in Indian Politics, Eastern Book Company, New Delhi, 1980.
2. Baxi, Upendra, Courage Craft and Contention: The Indian Supreme Court in the
3. Eighties, N.M. Tripathi, Bombay, 1985.
4. Kashyap Subash, ed., Constitutional Reforms: Problems, Prospects and Perspectives, Radha Publications, New Delhi, 2004.
5. Kripal B.N. et al., eds., Supreme but not Infallible: Essays in Honour of the Supreme Court of India, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2000.
6. Sathe S.P., Judicial Activism in India: Transgressing Borders and Enforcing Limits, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2002.
7. Singh Ujjwal Kumar, State, Democracy and AntiTerror Laws, Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2007.
1. 2002 Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, Penguin, New Delhi, 2004.
2. Bhagat A.K., Elections and Electoral Reforms, Vikas Publications, New Delhi, 1996.
3. Bhambhri, C.P., The Indian Prime Minister: A Framework for Political Analysis, The Indian Law Institute, New Delhi.
4. Change, Vol II, Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2008.
5. Konark Publishers, New Delhi, 1996.
6. Lyngdoh J. M., Chronicle of an Impossible Election: The Election Commission and the
7. Manor James, ed., Nehru to the Nineties: The Changing Office of Prime Minister in India, Viking Press, New Delhi, 1994.
8. Mehra Ajay K. and V. A. Pai Panandiker, The Indian Cabinet: A Study in Governance,
9. Morris Jones W.H., Parliament in India, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia,
10. Noorani, A G, Constitutional Questions in India: The President, Parliament and the States, Oxford University press, New Delhi, 2002.
1. Baxi, Upendra and Bhikhu Parekh (ed.), Crisis and Change in Contemporary India, Sage, New Delhi, 1994.
2. Dhavan, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1989.
3. Frankel Francine et al., eds., Transforming India: Social and Political Dynamics of Democracy, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2000.
4. Galanter Marc, Law and Society in Modern India, edited with an introduction by Rajeev
5. Hardgrave Robert L., India: Government and Politics in a Developing Nation, Harcourt,
6. Jovanovich, New York, 1980.
7. Kaushik, Susheela (ed.), Indian Government and Politics (Hindi), Directorate of Hindi Implementation, Delhi University, 1990.
8. Keith A.B., Constitutional History of India, Methuen and Co, London, 1936.
9. Khan, Rasheeduddin (ed.), Rethinking Indian Federalism, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, 1997
10. Kohli Atul, ed., The Success of India’s Democracy, Cambridge University Press, London,
11. Kohli, Atul, Democracy and Discontent: India’s Growing Crisis of Governability, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1991.
12. Noorani A.G., Constitutional Questions in India: The President, Parliament and the States, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2000.
13. Palkivala, N.A., Our Constitution Defaced and Defiled, Macmillan, Delhi, 1974.
14. Pylee M.V., India’s Constitution, Asia Publishing House, New Delhi, 1962.
15. Rao K.V. and K.M. Munshi, Parliamentary Democracy of India, The World Press Private Ltd, Calcutta, 1965
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