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Electoral Reforms Why And How

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ISBN: 9788178359571    Publisher: Kalpaz Publications Year of publishing: 2013     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 385        Language: English
Description About The Author:- K. Raman Pillai is former Professor and H ead, Department of Political Science, U niversity of Kerala. He also served as Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences. He has written...Read more
Description About The Author:- K. Raman Pillai is former Professor and H ead, Department of Political Science, U niversity of Kerala. He also served as Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences. He has written extensively on topics relating to National and International Politics and has nine books to his Credit. He is the Editor -in -Chief of the Research Journal, Social Science in Perspective, published by C. Achutha Menon Foundation. R.K. Suresh Kumar is Professor of Political Science and former Head, D epartment of Political Science, U niversity College, Thiruvananthapuram. H is recent books include Governance and Development -- Lessons and Experience of Kerala (2007) and Left Politics in Kerala (2009). He is the Editor of University College Journal of Politics and Society (UCJPS) and Social Science in Perspective. R Sukumaran Nair is former Professor and Head, Department of Political S cience, NSS College, Pandalam, Kerala. His recent publications include lndo -- Bangladesh Relations (2008) and H uman Rights in a Changing World (Ed) 2011. He is also the Executive Editor of the Journal Social Science in Perspective.Contents:- Contents, Acknowledgements xi, Introduction xiii, List of Contributors xxxix, PART I, ELECTORAL SYSTEM IN INDIA : A CRITIQUE, 1. Revisiting the Debate on Electoral Reforms 45, M. Hamid Ansari, 2. Electoral System: Massive Experiment in Democracy 51, N.R. Madhava Menon, 3. Elections in India--Should be Choice of the Electorate 57, Justice K.T. Thomas, 4. Revisiting Electoral System in India 61, P.D.T. Achary, 5. Electoral Process and Inclusive Governance 67, S.N. Sangita, 6. Electoral Reforms: Making Democracy Relevant 89, V. Vijayabalan and Lakshmi Vijayabalan, 7. Mounting Challenges in Democratic Governance 105, A.D. Damodaran, 8. Enactments on Disqualification--Office of Profit:, Constitutionality and Propriety 113, K.C. Sunny, 9. Electoral Reforms--Are we for Reforms? 123, P.L. Dharma, PART II, MONEY POWER AND MUSCLE POWER IN ELECTIONS, 10. Cost of Democracy: Mounting Influence of Money, Power in Indian Elections 133, J. Prabhash, 11. Elections in India-Influence of Money and Muscle Power 147, K.M. George, 12. Electoral Reforms and Compulsory Voting 163, M.A. Hussain and Venkatesula Reddy, 13. Democracy and Good Governance: Does Electoral, System Matter? 171, T.M. Joseph and Jos Chathukulam, 14. Pernicious Behaviour of Elected Representatives--, An Unresolved Challenge to Indian Democracy 185, K. Surya Prasad, 15. Inclusive Democracy and Indian Elections 203, C.E. Ajithkumar and M. Lathika, PART III, POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS, 16. Political Parties and Elections 221, M. Vijaya Kumar, 17. Electoral Reforms in India: Media and Political Parties 225, S. Sudhakar Reddy, 18. Need for Change in Electoral System 231, D. Raja, 19. Electoral Reforms and Constitutional Changes 237, R.L.M. Patil, 20. Electoral System and Modern Governments 241, Aruna Sivakami, 21. Electoral Reforms to Immunise Local Bodies, Against Party Politics 249, M.N. Prasad, PART IV, MEDIA, CIVIL SOCIETY AND ELECTIONS, 22. Role of Media in the Democratic Process 255, Sashi Kumar, 23. Media, Civil Society and Elections 261, B.R.P. Bhaskar, 24. Elections and Journalist's Dilemma 267, T.N. Gopakumar, 25. Media and Elections in India 271, Mirza Asmer Beg, 26. Role of Civil Society in Electoral Process 279, S.S. Sreekumar, 27. Electoral Reforms: A Human Rights Perspective 289, P.S. Vijaya Natharaj, PART V, AGENDA FOR ELECTORAL REFORM, 28. Agenda for Electoral Reforms 303, P.J. Alexander, 29. Electoral Reforms--How it can be Done 311, Jayaprakash Narayanan, 30. Electoral Reforms in India: Some Critical Issues 325, D. Jeevan Kumar, 8 Electoral Reforms: Why and How, 31. Elections in India: An Agenda for Reforms 353, Midatala Rani, 32. Democratisation of Electoral Reforms in India:, Some Basic Lessons and Drastic Measures 359, R. Sreekantan Nair, 33. Evolution of Franchise and the Concern for, Quality of Democracy 371, C.P. John, 34. Electoral Reforms: A Clever Ploy/A Redherring? 375, M. Kunhaman, Index 37About The Book:- Democracy And Free And Fair Elections Go Together And One Cannot Exist Without The Other. Free And Fair Elections Can Be Ensured If The Machinery Which Conducts The Election Is Independent And The Law Under Which The Elections Are Conducted Is Faultless. The Objective Of Any Electoral Reform Needs To Be The Deepening Of The Democratic Process, Strengthening The Instruments Of Public Accountability And Guaranteeing Opportunity For Meaningful Voter Participation. With Large Constituencies, Multiplicity Of Parties And Candidates, Absence Of Ideology, Politicization Of Caste And Communal Identities And Building Of Vote Banks, Elections In India Had Become Very Expensive, Thereby Generating Corruption And Black Money And Leading To Criminalization Of Politics. Inspite Of Concrete Suggestions For Electoral Reforms The Electoral System Has Not Changed Much. Electoral Reforms To Make The Democratic Polity Of India Vibrant And Resilient Are Too Important To Be Left Exclusively To Government, Political Parties Or The Election Commission, About The Author:- K. Raman Pillai Is Former Professor And H Ead, Department Of Political Science, U Niversity Of Kerala. He Also Served As Dean, Faculty Of Social Sciences. He Has Written Extensively On Topics Relating To National And International Politics And Has Nine Books To His Credit. He Is The Editor -In -Chief Of The Research Journal, Social Science In Perspective, Published By C. Achutha Menon Foundation. R.K. Suresh Kumar Is Professor Of Political Science And Former Head, D Epartment Of Political Science, U Niversity College, Thiruvananthapuram. H Is Recent Books Include Governance And Development -- Lessons And Experience Of Kerala (2007) And Left Politics In Kerala (2009). He Is The Editor Of University College Journal Of Politics And Society (Ucjps) And Social Science In Perspective. R Sukumaran Nair Is Former Professor And Head, Department Of Political S Cience, Nss College, Pandalam, Kerala. His Recent Publications Include Lndo -- Bangladesh Relations (2008) And H Uman Rights In A Changing World (Ed) 2011. He Is Also The Executive Editor Of The Journal Social Science In Perspective., Content:- Contents, Acknowledgements Xi, Introduction Xiii, List Of Contributors Xxxix, Part I, Electoral System In India : A Critique, 1. Revisiting The Debate On Electoral Reforms 45, M. Hamid Ansari, 2. Electoral System: Massive Experiment In Democracy 51, N.R. Madhava Menon, 3. Elections In India--Should Be Choice Of The Electorate 57, Justice K.T. Thomas, 4. Revisiting Electoral System In India 61, P.D.T. Achary, 5. Electoral Process And Inclusive Governance 67, S.N. Sangita, 6. Electoral Reforms: Making Democracy Relevant 89, V. Vijayabalan And Lakshmi Vijayabalan, 7. Mounting Challenges In Democratic Governance 105, A.D. Damodaran, 8. Enactments On Disqualification--Office Of Profit:, Constitutionality And Propriety 113, K.C. Sunny, 9. Electoral Reforms--Are We For Reforms? 123, P.L. Dharma, Part Ii, Money Power And Muscle Power In Elections, 10. Cost Of Democracy: Mounting Influence Of Money, Power In Indian Elections 133, J. Prabhash, 11. Elections In India-Influence Of Money And Muscle Power 147, K.M. George, 12. Electoral Reforms And Compulsory Voting 163, M.A. Hussain And Venkatesula Reddy, 13. Democracy And Good Governance: Does Electoral, System Matter? 171, T.M. Joseph And Jos Chathukulam, 14. Pernicious Behaviour Of Elected Representatives--, An Unresolved Challenge To Indian Democracy 185, K. Surya Prasad, 15. Inclusive Democracy And Indian Elections 203, C.E. Ajithkumar And M. Lathika, Part Iii, Political Parties And Elections, 16. Political Parties And Elections 221, M. Vijaya Kumar, 17. Electoral Reforms In India: Media And Political Parties 225, S. Sudhakar Reddy, 18. Need For Change In Electoral System 231, D. Raja, 19. Electoral Reforms And Constitutional Changes 237, R.L.M. Patil, 20. Electoral System And Modern Governments 241, Aruna Sivakami, 21. Electoral Reforms To Immunise Local Bodies, Against Party Politics 249, M.N. Prasad, Part Iv, Media, Civil Society And Elections, 22. Role Of Media In The Democratic Process 255, Sashi Kumar, 23. Media, Civil Society And Elections 261, B.R.P. Bhaskar, 24. Elections And Journalist'S Dilemma 267, T.N. Gopakumar, 25. Media And Elections In India 271, Mirza Asmer Beg, 26. Role Of Civil Society In Electoral Process 279, S.S. Sreekumar, 27. Electoral Reforms: A Human Rights Perspective 289, P.S. Vijaya Natharaj, Part V, Agenda For Electoral Reform, 28. Agenda For Electoral Reforms 303, P.J. Alexander, 29. Electoral Reforms--How It Can Be Done 311, Jayaprakash Narayanan, 30. Electoral Reforms In India: Some Critical Issues 325, D. Jeevan Kumar, 8 Electoral Reforms: Why And How, 31. Elections In India: An Agenda For Reforms 353, Midatala Rani, 32. Democratisation Of Electoral Reforms In India:, Some Basic Lessons And Drastic Measures 359, R. Sreekantan Nair, 33. Evolution Of Franchise And The Concern For, Quality Of Democracy 371, C.P. John, 34. Electoral Reforms: A Clever Ploy/A Redherring? 375, M. Kunhaman, Index 37
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