Dimensions of Federal Governance

M. Govinda Rao and Nirvikar Singh

in The Political Economy of Federalism in India

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780195686937
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080571 | DOI:

Series: Oxford India Paperbacks

Dimensions of Federal Governance

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This chapter provides a detailed analysis of India’s federal institutions along various dimensions, including political parties, the judiciary, and the bureaucracy, in order to provide a better understanding of how these fit in with the political structures that are typically the focus of analysis of federations. It considers the potential roles of non-governmental action and of civil society and alternative structures of governance and discusses the issue of ‘checks and balances’ versus ‘multiple vetoes’. It suggests that a federal political system cannot exist simply through a constitutional assignment of responsibilities to different layers of government because of the existence of different dimensions of governance.

Keywords: federal institutions; India; political parties; judiciary; bureaucracy; political structures; federations; non-governmental action; civil society; multiple vetoes

Chapter.  11190 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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