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Constitutional and Democratic Institutions in India: A Critical Analysis

by Sudha Pai

Publisher: Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd

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Do weak institutions call for reform and regeneration? Or are they a reflection of rapid social change, of strong traditional societies, and the lack of honest and committed political leadership? Can institutions be understood in terms of universal frameworks, or are they shaped by the specificities of each country? These are the central questions that Constitutional and Democratic Institutions in India grapples with. The first part explores theoretical approaches to the study of institutions in India, while the remaining four parts cover the Parliament, the higher judiciary, the Election Commission of India, and some federal and social institutions, respectively. Against the backdrop of recurring political instability and a neo-liberal policy environment, the contributors raise many fundamental issues about the functioning of these institutions, their capabilities and the need for reform, and, in the case of the Parliament, the possibility of a shift to the presidential system of government and a model of cooperative federalism. Table of Contents: List of Tables and Figures List of Abbreviations Introduction: Democracy and Institutional Change in India Sudha Pai Part I Theoretical Frameworks for Studying Institutions 1. How Should We Study Institutions in India? Aseema Sinha 2. Social Inequalities and Democratic Inclusion: A Study of Political Institutions in India since the 1990s Vidhu Verma Part II Parliamentary Institutions 3. Critical Analysis of India’s Legislative Process: Some Case Studies Kaushiki Sanyal 4. Benefits from Chaos? The Political Incentives behind the Disruption of the Parliament Ajit Phadnis 5. Executive–Legislative Relations in the Period of Multiparty Governments K. K. Kailash 6. Time to Imagine a Presidential System? Shashi Tharoor Part III The Higher Judiciary 7. The Supreme Court: A Constitutional Court or a Court of Appeal? Pallavi Bedi 8. The Relations between the Supreme Court and the Parliament Goutham Shivshankar 9. Demosprudence or Judicial Overreach and Usurpation? Upendra Baxi 10. The NJAC Judgment and Its Discontents Anirudh Burman and Suyash Rai Part IV The Election Commission 11. Conducting Elections in India: Experiments and Challenges S. Y. Quraishi 12. Criminalisation of Politics: The Malady and the Remedy Jagdeep S. Chhokar 13. Public Funding of Elections and Political Parties M. V. Rajeev Gowda and Varun Santhosh 14. Does India Need to Switch to Proportional Representation? The Pros and Cons E. Sridharan Part V Federal Institutions 15. The Niti Aayog and Changing Federal Relations T. K. Arun 16. The Evolving Landscape of Indian Fiscal Federalism and Institutional Challenges: Reinventing the Role of the Finance Commission M. Govinda Rao 17. Institutions for Minority Accommodation: A Study of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes Papia Sengupta 18. Language Commissions and Committees: Institutional Framework for Language Policy after Independence Asha Sarangi Notes on Contributors Index

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Constitutional and Democratic Institutions in India: A Critical Analysis
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