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OCSA 2005 - Political Economy of Contemporary India

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This is an introductory course to India's political economy in the contemporary period (1950 to present). It will cover 3 broad thematic areas: (i) key elements of India's development experience in the 30 years following independence including the major economic development policies, with an emphasis on the state-led industrialisation strategy, as well as a detailed discussion of the main political institutions (parliamentary democracy, multi-party system, federal system); (ii) the politics of economic reforms (1980-present), with a focus on the context in which reforms were adopted, the actors driving the process and the implications in terms of social and spatial justice; (iii) the study of conditions giving rise to rescaling processes in the post-reform period, notably subnational political dynamics, the assertion of subnational economic development initiatives and the emergence of large cities as growth engines.

Seminar format: students are required to prepare by reading the assigned material (one article for each class). Students will prepare a research question to be presented orally and will submit a written assignment on a topic decided with the instructor.


KENNEDY, Loraine (Research Director, CNRS)

Course validation

Students will prepare a research topic in groups and present it to the class (40% of final grade). A written assignment (12-15 pages) will critically discuss 2 or more articles and propose a thesis (50% of the grade). Attendance is mandatory and class participation is noted (10% of the grade).


Approximately 1-2 hours of preparation (reading) for each class; additional work required for preparing oral presentations and final written assignment.

Required reading

(See detailed syllabus)