PSCI 4420: South Asian Politics
Spring 2007, Department of
Instructor: Mahendra Lawoti
Office: 3408 Friedmann, Office Hours: 2:15-3:15 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 5:15-6:15 PM on Mondays; Email: Mahendra.firstname.lastname@example.org; Telephone: 387-5702
This course will survey major issues relevant to politics
and policies in
Baxter, Craig, Yogendra K Malik, Charles H Kennedy, and Robert C. Oberst. 2002, fifth edition, Government and Politics in South Asia, Westview Press; here after Baxter et al.
Kohli, Atul, ed. 2001. The
Some articles and book chapters are available on e reserve and online.
Twice during the semester, each student will participate on two presentations on a country. A group of two or three will be formed early in the semester for each country presentation. You may present anything that is of interest to you on the country. The presentations should go beyond summarizing the readings. They should take our discussions to the next level in the class. For example, it could be a presentation on political leaders, political parties, particular conflicts or other things that interest you. You may make individual presentation or as a group. If you make individual presentations, please coordinate so that same issues are not repeated.
A term paper is required for the class. It should be around 15 pages long, double spaced. You must footnote/endnote/refer sources you use. All papers must contain a bibliography. Students are free to use any of the several standard formats for reference, footnotes, or endnotes, so long as they are consistent within the paper. Include all the information a reader would need to locate the source of your information (i.e. the title, author, and the date of source, paper numbers, publisher’s name and location if it is a book, and issue number if it is a journal).
An outline of the term paper is due on March 15. It should be a page or two long. In the outline you should mention the issue you are going to deal with, a research question, and a plan of the paper (how you are going to answer the research question). I expect you to have done some preliminary research while preparing the outline. Some tentative reference should be cited in the outline. I will provide comments on the outlines. The outlines will not be graded- the idea is to help you in the process.
Your paper will be graded on the directness and clarity of writing style, quality of your research, reasoning, argumentation, and support you provide to your arguments. Students are strongly encouraged to see me during my office hours or other agreed upon time to discuss the term paper. The term paper is due on April 20.
Two exams will be taken: the first on February 22 and the final on April 23. The exams will be combinations of long and short essay questions.
Two exams: 2x25= 50
Term paper: 30 (25+5: paper + presentation)
Country Presentations: 10
Grade scale: 92 and above = A; 85-91 = BA; 78-84 = B; 71-77 = CB; 64-70 = C; 57-63 = DC; 50-56 = D; below 50 =E
Week 1, Jan 9 and 11: Introduction
Class Introduction: Democracy, Development, and Conflict in
Baxter et al, 2002. “Introduction,” “The Governance of South Asia under the British,” introduction and chapter 1 in Government and Politics in South Asia, p. 1-18
Kohli, Atul, 2001. “Introduction,” chapter 1 in The Success of India’s Democracy, edited by Atul Kohli, Cambridge University Press, p.1-19
Week 2, Jan 16 and 18: Government and Society
Baxter et al., 2002. “Political Culture and Heritage,” chapter 2 in Government and Politics in South Asia, p. 21-54
Kohli, Atul, 2001. “Indian Democracy: the Historical Inheritance,” chapter 2 in The Success of India’s Democracy, edited by Atul Kohli, Cambridge University Press, p. 23-46
Baxter et al., 2002. “Political Institutions and Government Processes,” “Political Parties and Political Leaders,” “Groups and Multiple Demands on the System,” chapters 3, 4 and 5 in Government and Politics in South Asia, p. 55-147
Week 3, January 23 & 25: Political Institutions and Democratic Consolidation
Dasgupta, Jyotrinda. 2001. “India’s federal design and multicultural national Construction,” chapter 3 in The Success of India’s Democracy, edited by Atul Kohli, Cambridge University Press, 49-77
Manor, James. 2001. “Center-State relations,” chapter 4 in The Success of India’s Democracy, edited by Atul Kohli, Cambridge University Press, 78-102
Mitra, Subrata K. 2001. “Making local government work: local elites, panchayati raj and governance in India,” chapter 5 in The Success of India’s Democracy, edited by Atul Kohli, Cambridge University Press, 103-126
January 25: FILM
Gandhi, second part
Week 4, January 30
and February 1: Caste, Hindu Nationalism, and
Weiner, Myron. 2001. “The Struggle for equality: caste in Indian Politics,” chapter 8 in The Success of India’s Democracy, edited by Atul Kohli, Cambridge University Press,193-225
Basu, Amrita. 2001. “The dialectics of Hindu Nationalism,” chapter 7 in The Success of India’s Democracy, edited by Atul Kohli, Cambridge University Press, 163-189
Ganguly, Sumit. Autumn, 1996. “Explaining the Kashmir Insurgency: Political Mobilization and Institutional Decay,” International Security, 76-107, available at www.jstor.org
Week 5, February 6 & 8: Government and Society
Baxter et al., 2002. “Political Culture and Heritage,” “Government Structure,” and Conflict and Mediation,” chapters 8, 9, and 11 in Government and Politics in South Asia, p. 171-194, 215-223
February 8: FILM
India-Pakistan: The Expanding Nuclear Threat, DVD DS 3
Week 6, February 13 and 15: Authoritarianism
Jayal, Ayesha. 1995.
Various Selections, pages 48-65, 77-85, 100-120 from chapters 2 and 3, Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia.
Week 7, February 20 and 22: History and Society
Bista, Dor Bahadur. 1990. “Introduction,
The General Background, The Caste System in
MID TERM EXAM (
Week 8, February 27 and March 1: The Maoist Insurgency
2005. “Exclusion and Violent Conflicts in
Sonali. 2005. “The Political Economy of Civil Conflict in
March 1: FILM
The Killing Terraces
Week 9, March 6 and 8: SPRING BREAK
Week 10, March 13 and 15: Politics and Development
Devendra Raj Panday, 1999.
“Development Performance,” chapter 2 in Nepal’s
Failed Development: Reflections on the Mission and the Maladies, Kathmandu,
2006, Draft. The Centralized Polity and Multiple Conflicts and Crises in
TERM PAPER OUTLINE PRESENTATIONS
Week 11, March 20 and 22
March 22: Government and Society
Baxter et al., 2002. “Political Culture and Heritage,” “Governmental Structure,” “Political Parties and Interest Groups,” “The Search for Prosperity,” “Modernization and Development,” chapters 19-21, 23, 24 in Government and Politics in South Asia, p. 325-368, 375-387
Week 12, March 27 and 29: The Tamil-Sinhalese Conflict
Baxter et al., 2002. “Conflict Mediation: Ethnic Conflict and War,” chapter 22 in Government and Politics in South Asia, p. 369-374
2005. “From ethnic outbidding to ethnic conflict: the institutional bases for
Week 13, April 3 and 5: Government and Society
Baxter et al., 2002. “Political Culture and Heritage,” “Government Institutions,” “Election, Parties, and Interest Groups,” “Conflicts and Resolution,” chapters 14-17, p. 251-312
April 5: FILM
The Women’s Bank of Bangladesh, V6376
Baxter et al., 2002. “Modernization and Development: Prospects and Problems,” chapter 18, in Government and Politics in South Asia, p. 313-321
Yunus, Muhammad. 1996. “The Grameen Bank: Rural Credit in Bangladesh,” in Reasons for Hope: Instructive Experience in Rural Development, edited by Anirudh Krishna, Norman Uphoff, and Milton Esman, Kumarian Press, p. 9-24
Abed, E. H. and A. M. R. Chowdhury. 1996. “The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee: How BRAC learned to Meet Rural Peoples’ Needs through Local Action,” in Reasons for Hope: Instructive Experience in Rural Development, edited by Anirudh Krishna, Norman Uphoff, and Milton Esman, Kumarian Press, p. 41-56
April 12: NO CLASS
Mid West Political Science Conference
Week 15, April 17 & 19: Presentations
Term Paper Presentations
Week 16, April 24-26: Exam week