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PSIR 1A References: Important Books and Articles

The study of optional demands a rich study. And although the standard notes are there, sometimes they are not sufficient for some students. Additionally, there is also a dynamic aspect of the subject that is either too vast to too changing to put in notes. Hence, for this purpose, we felt important to publish a list of stands books and articles on each topic that can be referred to. We are also trying to include the review of the book/article from an exam perspective so that you’ll have an idea of what to expect from a particular source.

Further, given that current affairs is constantly changing, and will keep changing, the list of articles here need to be relevant. Thus, we need your help. If you come across any article which you feel is closely related to our PSIR syllabus or helps us answer any of the PYQ, please suggest it in the comment section. We’ll add such suggestions to the standard list.

Right now, it’s just an index, but we’ll edit and enrich it soon.

1] Political Theory: meaning and approaches
     Political Theory: meaning and approaches

2] Theories of state : Liberal, Neo-liberal, Marxist, Pluralist, post-colonial and Feminist
     1) Theories of State: Introduction
     2) Liberal theory of State
     3) Neo-liberal theory of State
     4) Marxist theory of State
     5) Pluralist theory of State
     6) Postcolonial theory of State
     7) Feminist theory of State

3] Justice : Conceptions of justice with special reference to Rawl’s theory of justice and its communitarian critiques
     Rawls’ theory of justice and its communitarian critique

4] Equality : Social, political and economic; relationship between equality and freedom; Affirmative action
     Equality, Freedom and Affirmative Action

5] Rights : Meaning and theories; different kinds of rights; Concept of Human Rights
     1) Theories of Rights & Human Rights
     2) Responsibility to Protect
     You can also read Human Rights chapter from Paper 2A.

6] Democracy : Classical and contemporary theories; different models of democracy—representative, participatory and deliberative
     Theories and Models of Democracy
     Parallely you can also study Politics of Participation and Representation from Paper 2A

7] Concept of power : hegemony, ideology and legitimacy
     Theories of Power

8] Political Ideologies : Liberalism, Socialism, Marxism, Fascism, Gandhism and Feminism
     1) Ideology
     2) Liberalism
     3) Socialism
     4) Marxism
     5) Fascism
     6) Feminism
     7) Postmodernism
     8) Gandhism
     9) End of Ideology

9] Indian Political Thought: Dharamshastra, Arthashastra and Buddhist Traditions; Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Sri Aurobindo, M. K. Gandhi, B. R. Ambedkar, M. N. Roy
     1) Dharmashastra tradition
     2) Arthashastra (Kautilya’s political thought)
     3) Buddhist thought
     4) Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
     5) Sri Aurobindo
     6) M.K. Gandhi
     7) B.R. Ambedkar
     8) M.N. Roy

10] Western Political Thought : Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, John S. Mill, Marx, Gramsci, Hannah Arendt
     1) Socrates
     2) Plato
     3) Aristotle
     4) Machiavelli
     5) Thomas Hobbes
     6) John Locke
     7) Rousseau
     8) J.S. Mill
     9) Karl Marx
     10) Gramsci
     11) Hannah Arendt

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