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PSIR 2A 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] Comparative Politics : Nature and major Approaches; Political economy and political sociology perspectives; Limitations of the comparative method
     Comparative Politics

2] State in comparative perspective : Characteristics and changing nature of State in capitalist and socialist economies, and advanced industrial and developing societies
     State in comparative perspective

3] Politics of representation and participation : Political parties, pressure groups and social movements in advanced industrial and developing societies
     Politics of representation and participation

4] Globalisation : Responses from developed and developing societies
     Globalization
     Globalization QA

5] Approaches to the study of international relations : Idealist, Realist, Marxist, Functionalists and Systems theory
     1) Introduction to International Relations
     2) Realist School
     3) Realism QA
     4) Liberalism school
     5) Marxist School (World Systems Theory, Gramscian & Critical school )
     6) Social Constructivist Theory (Social constructivism, Post modernism, Post colonialism) 
     7) Positivist Approaches (Systems theory by Kaplan, Game Theory)


6] Key concepts in international relations : National interest, Security and power; Balance of power and deterrence, Transnational actors and collective security; World capitalist economy and globalisation
     1) Balance of Power
     2) Collective Security
     3) Security
     4) Deterrence
     5) National Interest, Security Dilemma, Transnational actors, Hegemonic Stability Theory

7] Changing International Political Order :
A] Rise of superpowers; Strategic and ideological bipolarity, arms race and cold war; Nuclear threat
B] Non Aligned Movement : Aims and achievements
C] Collapse of the Soviet Union : Unipolarity and American Hegemony; Relevance of Non-Alignment in the contemporary world
     1) Cold War & US – USSR bipolarity
     2) Arms race during cold war & India & the arms race
     3) Nuclear Question
     4) Global Nuclear Security Architecture
     5) Non Aligned Movement 1
     6) Non Aligned Movement 2
     7) US Hegemony
     8) Non Alignment in contemporary world
     9) NATO

8] Evolution of International economic systems : From Bretton woods to WTO; Socialist economies and CMEA (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance); Third world demand for new international economic order; Globalisation of the world economy
     International Economic System

9] United Nations : Envisaged role and actual record; Specialised UN agencies – Aims and functioning;  need for UN reforms
     1) United Nations
     2) India and UN peacekeeping
     3) Responsibility to Protect (R2P)

10] Regionalisation of world politics : EU, ASEAN, APEC, SAARC, NAFTA
     1) Regionalisation of world politics
     2) EU
     3) NAFTA
     4) APEC
     5) ASEAN
     6) SAARC
     7) BIMSTEC

11] Contemporary Global Concerns : Democracy, human rights, environment, gender justice, terrorism, nuclear proliferation
     1) Human Rights (Also refer ‘Rights‘ topic in section 1A)
     2) Environment
     3)Gender Justice
     4) Terrorism
     5) Nuclear Proliferation (Refer topic 7-> Nuclear Question)

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