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The Indian Parliament: A Democracy at Work

B. L. Shankar and Valerian Rodrigues


The Parliament is the visible face of democracy in India. It is the epicentre of political life, public institutions of great verve, and a regime of Rights. In a first-of-its-kind study, this book delves into the lived experience of the Indian Parliament by focusing on three distinct phases—the 1950s, the 1970s, and the 1990s and beyond. The authors argue against the widely held notion of its ongoing decline, and demonstrate how it has repeatedly, and successfully, responded to India's changing needs in six decades of existence. This comprehensive and authoritative study examines the changing ... More

Keywords: India, Parliament in the 1950s, the 1970s, and the 1990s and beyond, parliamentary democracy, decline thesis, Lok Sabha, pluralism, diversity, Rajya Sabha, judiciary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198067726
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198067726.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

B. L. Shankar, author
Karnataka Legislative Coun cil

Valerian Rodrigues, author
School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi