State and Foreign Policy in South Asia

by Ed. Jivanta Schottli, Ed. Siegfried O. Wolf

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The State in South Asia appears to be under attack on multiple fronts: terrorist bombings expose the gaps of security in many of the major cities; there is a territory that appears to be beyond the pale of government is contested as people across the region take to the streets demanding democracy an.....more


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The State in South Asia appears to be under attack on multiple fronts: terrorist bombings expose the gaps of security in many of the major cities; there is a territory that appears to be beyond the pale of government is contested as people across the region take to the streets demanding democracy and political reform, protesting land sales and food prices. In theoretical terms the State is also a contested category with discussions about what came first in the South Asian Context, State or Nation, or both at the same time. Despite a shared colonial past and a freedom struggle that embraced negotiation with, rather than violence against, the oppressor there has been a widely varied experience of 'Stateness' across the region. How this constrains and moulds the foreign policy of South Asian countries is the underlying theme of this compilation which brings together ten papers on key topics that will be of interest to students of International relations in general as well as observers of South Asian affairs. Written by political scientists, the chapters tackle various themes conceptually as well as empirically and discuss the merits and challenges in applying Western political theory to non-western contexts.

About the author:

Jivanta Schottli is a Lecturer in International and Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University. A graduate of London School of Economics and Political Science, she holds degrees in international relations and history, end economic history. Having lived and worked in Asian capital cities and studied links between India and Japan and India and China, her research currently focuses on the institutionalization of politics in India since independence in 1947. Her previous publications include A Political and Economic Dictionary of South Asia (Co-author, Routledge, 2006).

Siegfried O. Wolf specialized in Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg. Before starting his academic career, Siegfried Wolf had a two-year apprenticeship at one of Germany's most established financial groups and has since worked for various consultancies specializing in political communication world-wide. He has conducted fieldwork in South Asia for his research in affiliation with the Centre de Science Humaines located in New Delhi. In addition, he is Deputy Editor and Managing Editor of the Heidelberg Papers in South Asian Comparative Politics. He has previously published A Political and Economic Dictionary of South Asia (Co-author, Routledge, 2006).

Other details:

ISBN 978-81-87374-65-7
Category Politics and Current Affairs
Language English
Edition Edition Not Specified
Published in 2010
Publisher Samskriti
Condition Brand New
Pages 392
Width 5.5 inches
Height 8.5 inches
Tags South Asia , Politics , Foreign Policy

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