THE PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM  (English, Hardcover, Shourie)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: RUPA
  • ISBN: 9788129111920, 8129111926
  • Edition: 01, 2007
  • Pages: 265
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With 99 per cent of legislators getting elected by a minority of electors; with scores of them getting elected on 15-20 per cent of the votes cast-that is, by 7-10 per cent of the population, how representative is our parliamentary system? Does the present system not induce political parties to go on splingtering our people? Can the country cohere when the people are splintered? Are those in government accountable to Parliament? or are they the government precisely because they, and those who control them, control Parliament?
Contents :
Introduction
STRUCTURES
Is this system a law of nature?
The system we have
Myths about the present system
Just one among many possible systems
The alternative
THE SOVEREIGNTY-MONGERS
The 'alert and quick-acting' sovereign
Sovereignty in full spate
Some important lessons
NOTIONS
Lessons from liberals, for liberals
Romanticing 'the people'
A few readings
Index
Acknowledgements
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Publication Year
  • 2007
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  • Shourie
Author Info
  • Arun Shourie is one of India's best known commentators on current and political affairs. He has been an economist with the World Bank, a consultant to the Planning Commission and Editor of The Indian Express. His writings have gained him a vast following across the country, as well as several national and international awards.
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The Parliamentary System

Poor narration and poor organization. Description of book is misleading as the book doesn't focus much on alternatives. It also loses focus on existing issues in system by blurting out too much statistics and parliamentary proceedings. It is heavily biased against Congress and Anti-BJP parties. A good percentage of book content doesn't hold any relevance now (2014) because political and electoral equations drastically changed since then.
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