Regionalism in South Asia: Negotiating Cooperation, by Kishore C. Dash

By Kishore C. Dash

The dramatic surge in neighborhood integration schemes over the last twenty years has been essentially the most very important advancements in international politics. nearly all international locations at the moment are participants of no less than one nearby grouping. South Asia is not any exception to this development. In December 1985, seven South Asian international locations got here jointly to set up South Asian organization for local Cooperation (SAARC) to handle problems with peace and improvement within the quarter. This e-book examines regionalism in South Asia, exploring the linkages among institutional buildings, executive functions, and household actors’ personal tastes to give an explanation for the dynamics of nearby cooperation. It considers the formation and evolution of SAARC, explaining why its development when it comes to institutional advancements and software implementation has remained modest and sluggish during the last 20 years. It additionally addresses the impression of vital matters akin to the purchase of nuclear features via India and Pakistan, the endless conflicts in Kashmir, the battle opposed to worldwide terror in Afghanistan, and India’s growing to be financial system. Drawing on a wealth of empirical examine, together with elite interviews and trade transaction information, this ebook sheds new gentle at the major cooperation concerns in South Asia at the present time and offers vital info at the traits and clients for neighborhood cooperation in destiny years.

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The preferences of political actors The central argument of this book is that the preferences of both political and societal actors hold a key to understanding the dynamics of regional cooperation in South Asia. This argument is based on the assumption that a country’s policy 32 Explaining regional cooperation in South Asia choices are influenced by the preferences of both political and societal actors. The strategic interaction among the actors’ preferences within a given institutional context determines a specific policy choice.

A country’s ratification procedure can change the size of the win-sets. Here, Putnam’s discussion introduces the weak–strong distinction of states based on the autonomy of the central government from domestic pressure. For example, in a democratic political system, strong party disciplines and the strong strength of the government as determined by the extent of legislative autonomy of the decision-makers can increase win-sets. In contrast, weak governments, which do not enjoy legislative autonomy and are subject to domestic pressures, will have only narrow win-sets.

Using primary data derived from extensive open-ended interviews with 780 elites from five South Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) over a period of three years, Chapter 7 provides an assessment of domestic preferences for deeper regional cooperation in South Asia. The respondents were drawn from the following occupational categories: political leaders, civil servants, retired military personnel, university professors and research fellows, journalists, business groups, trade union leaders, religious leaders, and other professional groups.

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