November 14, 2016

Comparative Politics and International Relations

Comparative Politics and International Relations is the Paper II of Political Science and International Relations Optional for Civil Service Mains Exam.

Comparative Political Analysis

  1. Comparative Politics
    • Nature and Major approaches
    • Political Economy perspectives
    • Political Sociology Perspectives
    • Limitations of the comparative methods
  2. State in comparative politics
    • Characteristics and changing nature of the state in Capitalist and Socialist economies and advanced industrial and developing societies
  3. Politics of representation and participation
    • Political parties
    • Pressure groups
    • Social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies
  4. Globalisation
    • Responses from developed and developing societies

International Relations

  1. Approaches to the study of International relations
    • Idealist
    • Realist
    • Marxist
    • Functionalist
    • Systems Theory
  2. Key concepts in International relations
    • National Interest
    • Security and Power
    • Balance of power and Deterrence
    • Transnational actors
    • Collective Security
    • World Capitalist economy
    • Globalisation
  3. Changing International Political order
    • Rise of super powers
      • Strategic and ideological bipolarity
      • Arms race
      • Cold war
      • Nuclear threat
    • Non aligned Movement
      • Aims and Achievements
    • Collapse of soviet union
      • Uni-polarity
      • American Hegemony
      • Relevance of Non Alignment in the contemporary world
  4. Evolution of International Economic System
    • From Bretton woods to WTO
    • CMEA - Council for Mutual Economic Assistance
    • Socialist Economies and CMEA
    • Third world demand for International economic order
    • Globalisation of the world economy
  5. United nations
    • Envisaged role and actual record
    • Specialised UN agencies
      • Aims and Functioning
    • Need for UN Reforms
  6. Regionalisation of World Politics
    • European Union EU
    • Association of South East Asian Nations ASEAN
    • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC
    • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC
    • North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA
  7. Contemporary global concerns
    • Democracy
    • Human Rights
    • Environment
    • Gender Justice
    • Terrorism
    • Nuclear Proliferation

India and the world

  1. Indian Foreign Policy
    • Determinants of foreign policy
    • Institutions of Policy making
    • Continuity and change
  2. India's contribution to the non-alignment movement
    • Different phases
    • Current role
  3. India and South Asia
    • Regional cooperation
      • SAARC
        • Past performance
        • Future Prospects
    • South Asia as a free trade area
    • India's look East policy
    • Impediments of regional cooperation
      • River water disputes
      • Illegal cross border migration
      • Ethnic conflicts 
      • Insurgencies
      • Border disputes
  4. India and Global South
    • Relations with
      • Africa
      • Latin America
    • Leadership role in demand for NIEO and WTO negotiations
  5. India and global centers of power
    • United States of America
    • European Union
    • Japan
    • China
    • Russia
  6. India and the UN system
    • Role in UN peace keeping
    • Demand for the permanent seat in the security council
  7. India and nuclear question
    • Changing perceptions and policy
  8. Recent developments in India's Foreign Policy

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