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Electoral Processes and Governance in South Asia
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Electoral Processes and Governance in South Asia



© 2008 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Most South Asian countries—following independence from British rule in the late nineteen forties, and in the case of Nepal, liberation from the autocracy of one family group in 1950—have enjoyed democratic systems of governance at least at some time or the other, often for extended periods of time, and, in a few cases, over the course of their post-independence history. Electoral processes have, however, been found wanting to greater or lesser extents in all these countries. Electoral malpractices are of critical concern to all South Asian countries.

It is in this background that the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy,Sri Lanka, with funding from the Ford Foundation, organized in 2002, an international conference on electoral processes and governance in South Asia. The South Asian countries selected for study were Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and papers were presented by experts in the area of electoral processes and governance in these countries. This book, based on the papers originally presented at that conference, seeks to understand electoral processes as they actually operate in South Asia, to discuss the reasons for the flaws in these systems and the degrees of success or failure in attempts at reform.
 
Introduction
Editor's Introduction: South Asian Democracies in Transition Dushyantha Mendis
 
PART ONE: COUNTRY PAPERS
Muzzafer Ahmad
Bangladesh
Partha S Ghosh
India
Birendra Prasad Mishra, Krishna P Khanal and Nilamber Acharya
Nepal
Rasul Bakhsh Rais
Pakistan
K M de Silva
Sri Lanka
 
PART TWO: STATUTORY FRAMEWORK AND INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS
Muzaffer Ahmad
Bangladesh
Ujjwal Kumar Singh
India
Nilamber Acharya and Krishna P Khanal
Nepal
Zulfikar Khalid Maluka
Pakistan
Dushyantha Mendis
Sri Lanka
 
PART THREE: GROUP DISCRIMINATION AT ELECTIONS
Sohela Nazneen
Bangladesh
Amit Prakash
India
Hari Prasad Bhattarai
Nepal
Rasul Bakhsh Rais
Pakistan
 
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Index

The strength of the book lies in highlighting the political trends in relation to the electoral processes….the collation of articles is useful in understanding an important aspect of the democratic functioning of South Asian states. Some of the articles are rich in data and detailed discussion.

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The book under review is a valuable medium to get first hand knowledge about the election processes, which are now prevalent in the sub-continent.

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ISBN: 9780761935773