Emerging Trends in Comparative Politics
Political Science Conference Room, HPH 305G
Are political economy approaches sufficient to examine the politics of South Asian countries including India? Ethno-religious factors, human rights activism and struggles, rights-based activism in support of environment, human rights issues, gender equality, land reform, advancement of education and social mobility are strengthening in South Asian countries. New social movements bear impact on policy matters and press necessary changes in the Constitution and draft new legislations. These trends require new approaches in comparative politics beyond an emphasis on formal, institutional dynamics and legal developments.
Dr. G. Gopa Kumar is Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Kerala. He served formerly as UGC Emeritus Fellow, ICSSR Senior Fellow, Dean of Social Sciences, and Professor and Head, Department of Political Science and Director, V.K. Krishna Menon Centre for International Relations of the University of Kerala. He was also the Director General of the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Kerala. He has published 12 books and over 147 research articles. An internationally renowned scholar in Political Science, he specialized in Comparative Politics, International Relations and Kerala Politics, besides being a noted psephologist.