Divided into forty chapters under eleven parts, the book deals with the core concepts and debates in political theory, and focuses on the state-society interactions. It tries to explain how the states, societies and cultures have responded to the emerging challenges thrown up by the social, economic and political factors, and the direction of the response. It also dwells on the impact of globalisation on current trends. Finally, the book analyses the ideas of modern Indian thinkers such as V.D. Savarkar, Jawaharlal Nehru, Ram Manohar Lohia, B.R. Ambedkar and Jayaprakash Narayan.
Besides the postgraduate students of political science, the book would also be useful to the aspirants of civil services examinations and the initiated readers.
About the Author
Meena Deshpande, PhD, is Professor of Thought and Theory in the Department of Political Science at Bangalore University, Bangalore. She has thirty years of teaching and research experience and has been a visiting fellow at the Institute for Industrial Development, New Delhi. She has also co-authored a book titled Contemporary Political Theory in Kannada. Since 1996, Dr. Deshpande is associated with the Project of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore, as an Editor for translating the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (100 volumes) into Kannada, language of the state. So far 24 volumes have been published. She has been a course writer for IGNOU, New Delhi for the PG course on Gandhian Philosophy. She has published articles in various accredited journals. Her areas of specialization are political thought and theory, Gandhian studies and gender studies.