Honours Syllabi Part 2

Part- II

GP. 201: Oriental Political Thought (Ancient and Mediaeval)

Ancient Indian Political Thought – Background; Sources.

Brahmanic, Buddhist and Jain Traditions: Sacred Law.

Concept of State and Government.

Kautilya and Arthashastra.

Ancient Chinese Political Thought: Confucianism, Taoism.

Mediaeval Sub–Continental Political Thought: Atish Dipinkar, Abul Fazal- Ain-E-Akbari, Akbar the Great – Din-E-Elahi.

Arab/Islamic Political Thought: Sources and Background – Al-Farabi, Ibne-Rushd, Ibne Sina, Ibne Khaldun, Imam Gazzali, Nizamul Mulk-Tusi, Imam Abu Zar Ghafari, Iman Ibn Tayamia.

Selected Readings

A. S. Altekar, State and Government in Ancient India, New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 2002.
Bhasker Anand Selatore, Ancient Indian Political Thought and Institutions, Asia Pub. House, 1963.

Edward Said, Orientalism, New York: Vintage Books, 1978.

H. G. Greel, Confucious and the Chinese Way, Gloucester, USA: Peter Smith Pub, 2000.

H. K. Sherwani, Muslim Political Thought and Administration, New Delhi: Idarah-i-Adaliyati, 1976.

Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Karl A. Wittfogel, Oriental Despotism: A Comparative Study of Total power, New York: Vintage Books, 1981.

Kautilya, The Arthashastra, New Delhi: Penguin Books India, 1992.

Kohli Ritu, Kautilya’s Political Theory, New Delhi: Deep & Deep Publications, 1995.

Reuben Levy, The Social Structure of Islam, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969.

S. N. Dubey, Development of Political Thought in India, Dubey: ACME Publications, 1983.

UN Ghosal, A History of Indian Political Ideas, Bombay: Oxford University Press, 1966.

Virender Grover, Political Thinkers of Modern India, New Delhi: Deep & Deep Publications, 1990.

 GP. 202: Western Political Thought (Modern)

Socio-Economic Background of Modern Political Thought.

Renaissance and Reformation, Rise of Modern Nation State─ Machiavelli, Bodin, Hobbes, Industrial Capitalism and Democracy─ Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau.

Liberalism, Utilitarianism (Mill, Bentham). Basic concepts: Idealism, Capitalism Socialism, Marxism, Neo-Marxism, Totalitarianism.

Selected Readings

Arnold Brecht, Political Theory: The Foundation of Twentieth Century Political Thought, Bombay: Times of India Press, 1970.

Crane Brinton, The Shaping of Modern Political Thought, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1963.

George H. Sabine, A History of Political Theory, New Delhi: Oxford & IBH Publishing, 1973.

I. H. Monk, A History of Modern Political Thought, London: Blackwell Publishers, 1993.

Karl Marks, Das Kapital, India: Atlantic Books, 13 July 2006.

Rymond G. Gettell, History of Political Thought, London: Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1964.

V. I. Lenin, Collected Works, USA: International Publishers, 1929.

GP. 203:  Approaches to the Study of Politics

Politics: Meaning, Nature and Scope─ Traditional and Behavioral Perspectives, Post-Behaviouralism and its limitations.

Approaches to the study of politics: System Analysis, Structural-Functional Analysis, Elite Theory, Rational Choice Theory, Group Theory, Role Theory, Decision-Making Theory, Conflict Theory, Game Theory, Communication Theory, Psychological Approaches. Marxist and Neo-Marxist Approaches.

Selected Readings

Allan C. Isaac, Scope and Methods of Political Science, Illinois: Dorsey, 1975.

David Easton, The Political System: An Inquiry into the State of Political Science, New York: Knopf, 1953.

G. A. Almond and G. B. Powell, Comparative Politics Today: A Worldview, Boston: Foresman & Co., 1988.

G. A. Almond and G. B. Powell, Comparative Politics: A Developmental Approach, Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1966.

G. A. Almond and J. S. Coleman, (eds.), The Politics of the Developing Areas, Princeton, N J: Princeton University Press, 1960.

G. A. Almond and Sidney Verba, The Civic Culture, Boston: Little, Brown an Co., 1965.

Harold D. Lasswell, Politics: Who Gets What, When and How, New York: The World Publishing Company, 1958.

Myron Weiner and Samul P. Huntington, Understanding Political Development, Boston: Little Brown an Co., 1965.

Stephan Wasby, Political Science: The Discipline and its Dimension, New York: Scribner, 1970.

এমাজউদ্দীন আহমদ, তুলনামূলক রাজনীতি ও রাজনৈতিক বিশে­ষণ, ঢাকা: বাংলাদেশ বুক করপোরেশন লি: ১৯৯৫.

মোঃ আব্দুল মান্নান, তুলনামূলক রাজনীতি ও রাজনীতি বিশে­ষণ পদ্ধতি, ঢাকা: নভেল পাবলিশার্স, ২০১১.

GP. 204: Political Anthropology

Introduction to Political Anthropology, its scope and significance, Approaches to the study of Political Anthropology.

Anthropological theories of the origin of the state, a cephalous societies, primitive and pre-industrial states.

Basis of state power – advanced capitalist states, peripheral capitalist societies, pattern of class formation and class alignments.

Encapsulation process and power structure – linkages between local, national and international politics.

Social structure and power, forms of social stratification, sacred basis of power ritual and socio-political system.

Kinship and social  structure, organization of kin groups, economic – political relations.

Peasantry and the state, peasant economy, organization, World view and ideology.

Conflict resolution at local level and decision by consensus, Factions and class conflict, Horizontal and vertical alignments. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).

Anthropological approach to politics of development, socio-cultural factors in development, differential response to development.

Selected Readings

Andre Betille, Studies in Agrarian Social Structure, London: Oxford University Press, 1974.

B. K. Jahangir, Differentiation, Polarisation and Confrontation in Rural Bangladesh, Centre for Social Studies, 1979.

Georges Balandier, Political Anthropology, UK: Penguin Books Ltd., 1972.

Hamza Alavi, “The State in Post-Colonial Societies: Pakistan and Bangladesh” in K. Gough and H. K. Sharma, eds., Imperialism and Revolution in South Asia, Monthly Review Press, 1973.

John Gledhill, Power and Its Disguises: Anthropological Perspectives on Politics, London: Pluto Press, 1994.

Kristen Westgarred, “The State: A Review of Some Theoretical Issues”, Journal of Social Studies, No. 13, 1978.

David Nugent, Joan Vincent, Political Anthropology, Boston: Wiley-Blackwell, 2004.

Lewellen T. C., Political Anthropology: An Introduction, USA: Bergin and Garvey Publishers Inc. 1983.

Michael Banton, Political System and Distribution of Power, USA: Tavistock Publications, 1975.

Morton Fricd, H. The Evolution of Political Society, New York: Random House, 1967.

A. R. Radcliffe-Brown, Structure and Function in Primitive Society, London: Cohen, 1952.

Ronald Cohen and Elman R. Service, eds., Origin of the State, Institute of Human Issues, 1978.

Ronald Cohen and Elmon R. Service, Origins of the State: The Anthropology of Political Evolution, Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1978.

Santi Rozario, Purity and Communal Boundaries, Women and Social Change in a Bangladesh Village, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1992.

Ted C. Lewellen, Political Anthropology: An introduction, South Hadley: MA: Bergin and Garvey, 1983.

এরিক, জে. জানসেন, গ্রামীণ বাংলাদেশে সীমিত সম্পদের প্রতিযোগিতা, অনুবাদ- ডালেম চন্দ্র বর্মণ, ঢাকা: সমাজ নিরীক্ষণ কেন্দ্র, ১৯৯০।

ভেলাম ভান সেন্দেল, গ্রামীণ বাংলাদেশে কৃষক গতিশীলতা (অনুবাদ ডালেম চন্দ্র বর্মন), সমাজ নিরীক্ষণ কেন্দ্র, কলাভবন, ঢাকা: ঢাকা বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়, ১৯৯৪।

ফ্রেডারিক এঙ্গেলস, পরিবার, ব্যক্তিগত সম্পতি ও রাষ্ট্রের উৎপত্তি, ঢাকা: প্রগতি প্রকাশন, ১৯৭৭ ।

GP. 205: Politics in Pakistan and Emergence of Bangladesh, 1947-71

State, Society, Culture, Colonial Legacies. Problems of Constitution making.

Religious vs secular interests. Growth of Regionalism, East-West Relationship-development of internal colonialism.

Political actors: Power elite, conflicts with vernacular elite, political parties, bureaucracy, army, landed aristocracy, business and industrial interests, students.

Constitutions, 1956, 1962.

Elections – 1954, 1970.

Political movements – language movement, 1952; autonomy movement, 1966; mass movement, 1968-69; Non-cooperation movement, 1971: Causes and various dimensions of Liberation War, 1971 and the emergence of Bangladesh.

Selected Readings

G. W. Choudhury, The Last Days of United Pakistan, London: C Hurst, 1974.

———, Constitutional Development in Pakistan, London: Longman, 1969.

———, Democracy in Pakistan, Dhaka: Green House, 1963.

Khalid Bin Sayeed, Politics in Pakistan: The Nature and Direction of Change New York: Praeger Publishers, 1980.

———, Political System of Pakistan, 1967.

Rounaq Jahan, Pakistan: Failure in National Integration, New York: Columbia University Press, 1972.

———, Bangladesh Politics: Problems and Issues, Dhaka, UPL, 1980.

Talukdar Maniruzzaman, The Bangladesh Revolution and Its Aftermath, Dhaka: UPL, 1988.

———, The Politics of Development: The Case of Pakistan 1947-1958, Dhaka: Green Book House, 1980.

———, Radical Politics and the Emergence of Bangladesh, Dhaka: Bangladesh Books International, 1975.

———, Group Interests and Political Changes, New Delhi, 1982

GP. 206: Public Administration in Bangladesh

Background: Administrative Patterns During British and Pakistan Periods.

Selected Reforms Commissions: British India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Structure and Organization of Bangladesh Secretariat and other Agencies and their relationships, Control and co-ordination in managing the civil service.

Personnel Administration: PSC-Pattern of Recruitment and Selection, Training, Promotion, Compensation, Code of conduct and Disciplinary actions.

Administrative Accountability: Constitutional Provisions Ombudsman and Administrative Measures.

Images of the Civil Service: Views of Politicians, Interests Groups, Business Community, the Press, and the Public.

Selected Readings

Ahmed Shafiqul Huque, Politics and Administration in Bangladesh, Dhaka: UPL, 1988.

B. B. Misra,The Bureaucracy in India: An Historical Analysis of Development up to 1947, 1977.

Habib Zafarullah and Mohammad Mohabbat Khan, The Bureaucratic Ascendancy: Public Administration in Bangladesh, A H Development Publishing House, Dhaka: 2005.

Istiaq Jamil, Administrative Culture in Bangladesh, Dhaka: A H Development Publishing House, 2007.

Kamal Siddiqui,Towards Good Governance: Fifty unpleasant Essays, Dhaka: University Press Ltd., 1996.

Mahbubur Rahman Morshed, Bureaucratic Response to Administrative Decentralization, Dhaka: University Press Ltd., 1997.

Md. Mohabbat Khan, Bureaucratic Self Preservation, Dacca: University of Dacca, 1980.

Mohammad Mohabbat Khan, and John P. Thorp Bangladesh: Society, Politics and Bureaucracy, Dhaka: Center for Administrative Studies, 1984

Moudud Ahmed, Bangladesh Era of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Dhaka: University Press Ltd., 1983-84.

Muhammad A Hakim, Bangladesh Politics: The Shahabuddin Interregnm, Dhaka: University Press Ltd., 1993.

Syed Giasuddin Ahmed, Bangladesh Public Service Commission, Dhaka: University of Dhaka, 1990.

Syed Giasuddin Ahmed, Public Personnel Administration in Bangladesh, Dhaka: University of Dhaka, 1986.

GP. 207: Major Political Systems: UK, USA, Germany, PRC, Japan

Historical background: constitutional development, principles and amendment procedures. Government and administration: the Executive, the Legislative Process, the Judicial system, Bureaucracy, the electoral system(s), the party system, interest groups, political culture and participation, regional and local administration.

Selected Readings

Andre Mathiot, The British Political System, Standford: Standford University Press, 1958.

Chien Tuan Sheng, Government and Politics of China, New York: Oxford University Press, 1950.

D. Doel, Comparative Government and Politics, New Delhi: Sterling Publishers Limited, 1982.

Harold Zink, American Government and Politics, Princeton, NJ: D Van Nostrand Company, Inc., 1958.

Herman Finer, The Theory and Practice of Modern Government, London: Methuen, 1961.

John W. Hall, Japan: From Prehistory to Modern Times, Tokyo: Charles E Tuttle Co., 1970.

Lucian Pye, China: An Introduction, Little: Brown; 1984.

Michael Curtis (eds.), Western European Government and Politics, Longman, 1997.

Ruth Lane, The Art of Comparative Politics, Boston:  Allyn and Bacon, 1997.

Michael Curtis, Introduction to Comparative Government, New York: Longman, 1997.

Michael Newman. Democracy, Sovereignty and the European Union, New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1996.

Michael Curtis, Introduction to Comparative Government, New York: Longman, 1997.

R. Rose, Understanding Big Government, London: Sage Publications, 1984.

R. E. Dolan and R L Worden, Japan: A Country Study, Washington DC: Library of Congress, 1991.

Roger Charlton, Comparative Government, London: Longman, 1986.

S. E. Finer, Comparative Government, London: Penguin Books, 1974.

Walter Bagehot, The English Constitution, London: Oxford University Press, 1961.

Yves Meny and Andrew Knapp, Government and Politics in Western Europe: Britain, France, Italy, Germany (Comparative European Politics), Oxford University Press, 2005.

Beyme, Klaus Von, “The Bundestag- Still the Centre of Decision-Making?”, in Ludger Helms (eds.), Institutions and Institutional Change in the Federal Republic of Germany, New York: St. Martin’s Press, Inc.,2000.

Schmidt, Manfred, Political Institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

William Storey, US Government and Politics, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press Ltd., 2007.

Tony Wright (eds.), The British Political Process: An Introduction, London and New York: Routledge, 2000.

Vernon Bogdanor, The Monarchy and the Constitution, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Simon James, British Cabinet Government, London and New York: Routledge, 1999.

Stephen Ingle, The British Party System: An introduction, London and New York: Routledge, 2008.

L. Sandy Maisel, American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction, New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Schmidt, Manfred, Political Institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Jocelyn A. J. Evans (eds.), The French Party System, Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2003.

Andrew Knapp and Vincent Wright, The Government and Politics of France, London and New York: Routledge, 2001.

GP. 208: Political System of India

Social and Cultural Setting – Class, Caste, Religion and Pluralism.

Colonial experiences and transition – Post colonialism, Nationalist movements.

State and Nation-building Processes, Secularism, Constitutionalism.

Nature of Political system – Origin of Indian Federalism, Demands of Autonomy, Emerging trends of center – state relations.

Structure and Process–(a): President, Prime Minister, Council of Ministers, Working of the Parliamentary system.

Structure and Process-(b): Governor, Chief Minister, Council of Ministers, State Legislature.

Party System: Pressure Groups, Public Opinion, Media, Subaltern and Peasant Movements.

Elections-Electoral Behavior, Election Commission and Electoral Reforms.

Local government- Panchayati Raj Institution, Rural and Urban, their Working.

Bureaucracy-Central and State Bureaucracy, Military and other allied Forces.

Judiciary-Supreme Court, High Court, Judicial Review, Judicial Activism, Judicial Reforms.

Selected Readings

Atul Kohli (ed.), The Success of India’s Democracy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

B. C. Upreti, Nepal: Transition to Democratic Republican State,  New Delhi: Kalpaz Publications, 2010.

Harihar Bhattacharyya et al, The Politics of Exclusion in India; Democracy at the Crossroad, London: Routhledge, 2010.

J. C. Johari, Indian Political System, New Delhi: Anmol Publication, 1997.

M. V. Pylee, An Introduction to the Constitution of India, New Delhi: Vikash Publishing House Pvt.Ltd, 2007.

O. P. Goyal, The Indian Political System, McMillan, 1997.

Rajini Kothari, Politics in India, Orient Longman, 1970.

Rathod Pb, Indian Constitution Government and Political System, New Delhi: ABD Publishers, 1998.

Sebastian Schwecke, New Cultural Identitarian Political Movements in Developing Societies; The Bharatiya Janata party, London: Routledge, 2010.

Singh M. P. & Rekha Saxena, Indian Politics Contemporary issues and Concern, New Delhi: Prentice-Hall of India Pvt. Ltd., 2008.

Subrata K. Mitra, The Puzzle of Indian Governance: Culture, Context and Comparative Theory, London: Routledge, 2008.

Taiabur Rahman, Parliamentary Control and Government Accountability in South Asia: A comparative analysis of Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, London: Routledge, 2008.

William F. Kuracina, The State and Governance in India, London: Routhledge, 2010.


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