UGC NET Political Science Syllabus

UGC NET Political Science Syllabus
UGC NET Political Science Syllabus


Subject : POLITICAL SCIENCE                                                                 Code No.: 02

Unit – 1 : Political Theory
Liberty, Equality, Justice, Rights, Democracy, Power, Citizenship,
Political Traditions

Unit – 2 : Political Thought

Confucius, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, Mary
Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Gramsci, Hannah Arendt, Frantz
Fanon, Mao Zedong, John Rawls

Unit – 3 : Indian Political Thought

Dharamshastra, Kautilya, Aggannasutta, Barani, Kabir, Pandita Ramabai, Bal
Gangadhar Tilak, Swami Vivekanand, Rabindranath Tagore, M.K Gandhi, Sri
Aurobindo, Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Muhammad Iqbal, M.N.Roy, V D Savarkar,
Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, J L Nehru, Ram Manohar Lohia, Jaya Prakash Narayan,
Deendayal Upadhyaya

Unit – 4 : Comparative Political Analysis

Approaches: Institutional, Political Culture, Political Economy and New
Institutionalism; Comparative Methods
Colonialism and decolonization: forms of colonialism, anti-colonial struggles and
Nationalism: European and non-European.
State theory: debate over the nature of state in capitalist and socialist societies;
post-colonial state; welfare state; globalization and nations-states
Political regimes: democratic (Electoral, Liberal, Majoritarian and Participatory)
and non-democratic regimes (Patrimonialism, Bureaucratic authoritarianism,
Military dictatorship, Totalitarianism, and fascist).
Constitutions and Constitutionalism: forms of constitutions, rule of law, judicial
independence and liberal constitutionalism; emergency powers and crisis of
Democratisation: democratic transition and consolidation.
Development: Underdevelopment, Dependency, Modernization, World Systems
Theory, development and democracy.
Structures of Power: ruling class, power elites, democratic elitism
Actor and Processes: Electoral Systems, Political Parties and Party System, Interest
groups, Social movements, new social movements, Non Governmental
Organisations (NGOs) and civil society campaigns; Revolutions.

Unit – 5 : International Relations

Approaches to the study of International relations: Idealism, Realism, Structural
Marxism, Neoliberalism, Neorealism, Social Constructivism, Critical International
Theory, Feminism, Postmodernism.
Concepts: State, state system and non-state actors, Power, Sovereignty, Security:
traditional and non- traditional.
Conflict and Peace: Changing Nature of Warfare; Weapons of mass destruction;
deterrence; conflict resolution, conflict transformation.
United Nations: Aims, Objectives, Structure and Evaluation of the Working of UN;
Peace and Development perspectives; Humanitarian intervention. International
law; International Criminal Court
Political Economy of IR; Globalisation; Global governance and Bretton Woods
system, North-South Dialogue, WTO, G-20, BRICS.
Regional Organisations: European Union, African Union, Shanghai Cooperation
Organisation, ASEAN.
Contemporary Challenges: International terrorism, Climate change and
Environmental Concerns, Human Rights, Migration and Refugees; Poverty and
Development; Role of Religion, Culture and Identity Politics.

Unit – 6 : India’s Foreign Policy

Perspectives on India’s Foreign Policy: India’s Identity as postcolonial,
development, rising power and as emerging political economy
Continuity and change in India’s Foreign Policy: Principles and determinants;
Non-Alignment movement: historical background and relevance of Non Aligned
Movement; India’s Nuclear Policy
India’s relations with major powers: USA, USSR/Russia, People’s Republic of
India’s Engagement with multipolar world: India’s relations with European Union,
BRICS, ASEAN, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, African Union, Southern
African Development Community, Gulf Cooperation Council
India’s relations with neighbourhood: SAARC, Gujaral doctrine, Look Eas t/ Act
East, Look West.
India’s Negotiation Strategies in International Regimes: The United Nations,
World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund, Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change
Contemporary challenges: maritime security, energy security, environmental
security, migrants and refugees, water resources, international terrorism, cyber

Unit – 7 : Political Institutions in India

Making of the Indian Constitution: Colonialism heritage and the contribution
Indian National Movement to the making of the Indian Constitution
Constituent Assembly: Composition, Ideological Moorings, Constitutional Debates
Philosophy of the Constitution: Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Directive
Constitutionalism in India: Democracy, Social Change, National Unity, Checks
and Balances, Basic Structure Debate, Constitutional Amendments
Union Executive: President, Prime Minister and Council of Ministers
Union Parliament: Structure, Role and Functioning, Parliamentary Committees
Judiciary: Supreme Court, High Court, Judicial Review, Judicial Activism, Judicial
Executive and Legislature in the States: Governor, Chief Minister, State
Federalism in India: Strong Centre Framework, Asymmetrical Federal Provisions
and Adaption, Role of Intergovernmental Coordination Mechanisms, Inter-State
Council, Emerging Trends.
Electoral Process and Election Commission of India: Conduct of Elections, Rules,
Electoral Reforms.
Local Government Institutions: Functioning and reforms.
Constitutional and Statutory Bodies: Comptroller and Auditor General, National
Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes,
National Commission for Human Rights, National Commission for Women,
National Commission for Minorities.
Unit – 8 : Political Processes in India
State, Economy and Development: Nature of Indian State, Development Planning
model, New Economic Policy, Growth and Human Development.
Process of globalisation: social and economic implications.
Identity Politics: Religion, Tribe, Caste, Region, Language.
Social Movements: Dalit, Tribal, Women, Farmers, labour
Civil Society Groups: Non-Party Social Formations, Non-Governmental
Organisations, Social Action Groups.
Regionalisation of Indian Politics: Reorganisation of Indian States, States as
Political and Economic Units, Sub-State Regions, Regional disparities, Demand
for New States,
Gender and Politics in India: Issues of Equality and Representation.
Ideology and Social basis of Political Parties: National Parties, State Parties.
Electoral Politics: Participation, Contestation, Representation, Emerging trends.

Unit – 9 : Public Administration

Public Administration: meaning and evolution; public and private administration
Approaches: System Theory, Decision Making, Ecological Approach
Public administration theories and concepts: Scientific Management Theory,
Rational Choice theory, New Public Administration, Development Administration,
Comparative Public Administration, New Public Management, changing nature of
Public Administration in the era of liberalisation and Globalisation
Theories and Principles of Organization: Scientific Management Theory,
Bureaucratic Theory, Human Relations Theory
Managing the organization: Theories of leadership and motivation.
Organisational Communication: Theories and Principles, Chester Bernard
Principles of Communication, Information Management in the organization
Managing Conflict in the Organization: Mary Parker Follett
Management by Objectives- Peter Drucker

Unit – 10 : Governance and Public Policy in India

Governance, good governance and democratic governance, role of state, civil
society and individuals.
Accountability and control: Institutional mechanism for checks and balances,
legislative control over executive, administrative and budgetary control, control
through parliamentary committees, judicial control over legislature and executive,
administrative culture, corruption and administrative reforms
Institutional mechanisms for good governance: Right to Information, Consumer
Protection Act, Citizen Charter; Grievance redress system: Ombudsman, Lokpal,
Grassroots Governance: Panchayati Raj Institutions and their functioning
Planning and Development: Decentralised planning, planning for development,
sustainable development, participatory development, e-governance; NITI Aayog
Public policy as an instrument of socio-economic development: public policies
with special reference to housing, health, drinking water, food security, MNREGA,
Monitoring and evaluation of public policy; mechanisms of making governance
process accountable: jansunwai, social audit.


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