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Test 1: 10th November, 2017
Political Theory and Indian Politics
What is Political Theory?
What is Theory?
Political Theory: Implications
Political Theory: Contents
Nature of Political Theory
Political Theory as History
Political Theory as Philosophy
Political Theory as Science
Political Theory: Growth and Evolution
Classical Political Theory
Modern Political Theory
Contemporary Political Theory
Why Study Political Theory?
Significance of Political Theory
Normative vs Empirical theory of politics
Behavioural and Post-Behavioural approach
Theories of the state
Classical liberal theory of state
Medieval Liberal theory of state
Modern liberal theory
Contemporary Neo-Liberal model
Classical Marxist view of state( Marx and Engels)
Post -Marxists (Gramsci, Raymond Willams, TheodorAdorno)
Neo-Marxist ( RalphMiliband, NicosPoulantzas)
MEANING OF PLURALISM
DEVELOPMENT OF THE PLURALISTIC THEORY of State
FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PLURALISM:
CRITICISM OF PLURALISM
IMPORTANCE OR VALUE OF PLURALISM
POST-COLONIAL STATE: MAIN FEATURES
THE POST-COLONIAL STATE: THE PRINCIPLE ACTOR OF CHANGE IN THIRD WORLD.
HamzaAlavi’s view (Overdeveloped state)
Distributive Justice: John Rawls
Justice as Entitlement: Robert Nozick
Communitaman perspective of justice: michael walzer, michael sandel, charles taylor, macintyre.
Nuclear detterance theory: State survival theory, National prestige theory, Great power status theory
Flaws in nuclear deterrence theory
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GLOBALISATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS: THE LARGER DEBATE
THE GLOBALISATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Universalism VS cultural relativism
GLODALISATION, STATE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
GLOBALISATION, THE RIGHT TO DEVELOPMENT AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS DEBATE
GLOBALISATION, TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
GLOBALISATION AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS DEBATE IN INDIA
Responses from developed and developing world
Test 5: 15th December, 2017
Approaches to the Study of International Relations:
Liberalism in IR: Kantian ‘perpetual peace’ theory
Classical, Neo-realist, Hegemonic Stability theory
Its critics- Subaltern Realism, Peripheral Realism , Functional Critiques of Realism, Feminist Critique of Realist Theory, Post-modernist critique of Realist Theory, Scholarly Critiques of Realist Theory
Classical marxist concept, Lenin’s Imperialism, Nkrumah’s Neo-colonialism, Dependency school, World system theory, Gramscian interpretation by Robert Cox and Andrew Linklater.
Systems theory: Mortankaplan, James Roseneu, Stanley hoffmann, Raymond Aron
Social Constructivists: Alexander Wendt
Feminism in IR:
Feminism in International Relations: Basic Features
Reconstructing IR – The State, Power and Security
Engaging with Feminist IR Theory
Feminist Critique of Rationality
Feminist understanding of State
Feminist understanding of Power
Key concepts in International Relations:
National interest, National Security and power;
Balance of power and deterrence;
Transnational actors in world politics
collective security and collective defence
World capitalist economy and globalisation.
Test 6: 22nd December, 2017
Changing International Political Order:
Rise of super powers
strategic and ideological Bipolarity
arms race and Cold War
Non-alligned movement: Aims and achievements; relevance in the contemporary world
Collapse of the Soviet Union
Unipolarity and American hegemony
Evolution of the International Economic System:
From Brettonwoods to WTO
Socialist economies and the CMEA (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance)
Third World demand for new international economic order
Globalisation of the world economy.
Envisaged role and actual record
specialized UN agencies; aims and functioning
Need for UN reforms.
Regionalisation of World Politics:
EU, ASEAN, APEC, SAARC, NAFTA.
Politics of Representation and Participation:
Political parties, pressure groups and social movements in advanced industrial and developing
Transnational companies as political actors
Non-legitimate groups and liberalisation movements as political actors
NGO’s as political actors
Theoretical perspective on Globalisation: realist, liberal, critical, feminist
Other theoretical model: Hypergobalist, escapist, transformationalist
Responses from developed and developing societies.
Feminist Perspective on Globalization : Critique of the New Economic Order and Development
Test 7: 5th January, 2018
Political Strategies of India’s Freedom struggle:
constitutionalism to mass Satyagraha, Non-cooperation, Civil Disobedience;
millitant and revolutionary movements, Peasant and workers’ movements.
Perspectives on Indian National Movement:
Liberal, Socialist and Marxist;
Radical humanist and Dalit.
Making of the Indian Constitution:
Legacies of the British rule; different social and political perspectives.
Salient Features of the Indian Constitution:
The Preamble, Fundamental
Rights and Duties, Directive Principles; Parliamentary System and Amendment
Procedures; Judicial Review and Basic Structure doctrine.
Principal Organs of the Union Government:
Envisaged role and actual
working of the Executive, Legislature and Supreme Court.
Principal Organs of the State Government: Envisaged role and actual working
of the Executive, Legislature and High Courts.
Panchayati Raj and Municipal Government;
significance of 73rd and 74th Amendments; Grassroot movements.
Election Commission, Comptroller and
Auditor General, Finance Commission, Union Public Service Commission,
National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Comission for scheduled
Tribes, National Commission for Women; National Human Rights Commission,
National Commission for Minorities, National Backward Classes Commission.
Constitutional provisions; changing nature of centre-state
relations; integrationist tendencies and regional aspirations; inter-state disputes.
Test 8: 12th January, 2018
Planning and Economic Development:
Nehruvian and Gandhian
perspectives; role of planning and public sector; Green Revolution, land
reforms and agrarian relations; liberalilzation and economic reforms.
Caste, Religion and Ethnicity in Indian Politics.
National and regional political parties, ideological and social
bases of parties; patterns of coalition politics;
trends in electoral behaviour
changing socio- economic profile of Legislators.
Basic features of social movements
Social movements versus New social movements: How different from west.
Civil liberties and human rights movements
women’s movements : Evolution, nature, strategies and challenges
Test 9: 25th January, 2018
Indian Foreign Policy: Determinants of foreign policy; institutions of policy-making; continuity and change.
India’s Contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement: Different phases; current role.
Evolution of Indian foreign Policies: LOOK EAST to ACT EAST
LOOK WEST, NAMA POLICY, Connect Central Asia Policy
India and South Asia:
Regional Co-operation: SAARC – past performance and future prospects.
South Asia as a Free Trade Area.
Sub regionalism in South Asia
India’s “Look East” policy.
Impediments to regional co-operation: river water disputes; illegal cross-border migration; ethnic conflicts and insurgencies; border disputes.
Bilateral relations and major policy initiatives
Test 10: 2nd February, 2018
India and the Global South: Relations with Africa and Latin America; leadership role in the demand for NIEO and WTO negotiations.
India Africa Relations
India and the Global Centres of Power: USA, EU, Japan, China and Russia.
India and the UN System: Role in UN Peace-keeping; demand for Permanent Seat in the Security Council.
India and the Nuclear Question: Changing perceptions and policy.
Recent developments in Indian Foreign policy: India’s position on the recent crisis in Afghanistan, Iraq and West Asia, growing relations with US and Israel; vision of a new world order.
Test-11: AFTER PRELIMS
Test 12: AFTER PRELIMS
Mock Test-2 (Paper-2)
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