Editor:Jivanta Schohttli & Siegfried O. Wolf
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About the Book
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 Series Editor
Subrata K. Mitra is a professor and Head, Department of Political Science at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi. He was Executive Director of the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg (2002-04), and President of the Research Committee on Political Sociology of the International Political Science Association and the International Sociological Association (2002-06). Professor Mitra has been a consultant to several national and international organizations, including UNESCO, the French Institute for Public Opinion (Paris) and the European Union. His previous publications include A Political and Economic Dictionary of South Asia (Co-author, Routledge, 2006), The Puzzle of India’s Governance (Routledge, 2006), Democracy and Social Charges and culture and Rationality (both Sage, 1999) and Power, Protest and Participation (Routledge, 2006).
About the Book Editors
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
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).