ISBN 9780761935773,Electoral Processes and Governance in South Asia

Electoral Processes and Governance in South Asia


SAGE India



SAGE India

Publication Year 2007

ISBN 9780761935773

ISBN-10 0761935770

Hard Back

Number of Pages 480 Pages
Language (English)


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. Table of Contents I. INTRODUCTION Editor?s Introduction: South Asian Democracies in Transition DUSHYANTHA MENDIS II. COUNTRY PAPERS Bangladesh MUZZAFFER AHMAD India PARTHA S GHOSH Nepal BIRENDRA PRASAD MISHRA, KRISHNA P KHANAL and NILAMBAR ACHARYA Pakistan RASUL BAKHSH RAIS Sri Lanka K M de SILVA III. STATUTORY FRAMEWORK AND INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS Bangladesh MUZZAFER AHMAD India UJJWAL KUMAR SINGH NepalNILAMBAR ACHARYA and KRISHNA P KHANAL Pakistan ZULFIKAR KHALID MALUKA Sri Lanka: DUSHYANTHA MENDIS IV. GROUP DISCRIMINATION AT ELECTIONS Bangladesh SOHELA NAZNEEN India AMIT PRAKASH Nepal HARI PRASAD BHATTARAI Pakistan RASUL BAKHSH RAIS Select Bibliography Index