International Conference: Re-thinking Politics, Policy and Governance in Federal Systems: India and the World

Centre for Public Policy and Governance (Ramjas College), University of Delhi – International Political Science Association (RC-28) organizes an International Conference during 3 days on :

Re-thinking Politics, Policy and Governance in Federal Systems: India and the World

Venue: Ramjas College, Conference Hall, University of Delhi, Delhi, India

14-16, November, 2013
Find below the details of the 3 days :

Day 1
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Inaugural Session: 9.30 a.m. – 9.45 a.m.
Inauguration and Welcome Address

Prof. Dinesh Singh, Chief Guest, Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi

Plenary: 9.45 a.m.-10.45 a.m.
ShriAnil Aggarwal, Chairman, Governing Body, Ramjas College

Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Conference Chair, Principal and Chair, Centre for Public Policy and Governance, Ramjas College

Dr. Sonja Walti, Conference Chair, Chair-IPSA RC-28, American University, Washington, USA

Dr. Rupak Chattopadhyay, President and CEO, Forum of Federations, Canada

Dr. Rekha Saxena, Conference Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, and Honorary Vice Chairman, Centre for Multilevel Federalism ( CMF)

Inaugural Address: Hon. Hamid Ansari

Vice-President of India (TBC)

Vote of Thanks: Tanvir Aeijaz, Conference Convener, Ramjas College, University of Delhi

Tea: 10.45a.m.-11.00 a.m.
Special Public Lecture: 11.00 a.m.-11.45 a.m.
Introductory Remarks: Zoya Hassan, Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

Inaugural Special Public Lecture
Upendra Baxi
(Former Professor of Law and Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi)
Topic: ‘The Place of Rights and Justice in Multilevel Governance’

Thematic Sessions
Session I: 11.45 a.m.—1.45 p.m.

Theme: Constitutional Design and Institutional Functioning in Federal System
Chairs:
Rupak Chattopadhyay, CEO, Forum of Federations;
Zoya Hassan, CPS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

Discussant: Badrul Alam, Professor, Department of Political Science, Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi

Papers:

Democratic Accountability in India’s Multilevel Federalism: Constitutional Design and Institutional Interaction

Balveer Arora, Chairman, Centre for Multilevel Federalism, Institute of Social Sciences, Delhi

The Institutional Design of FDI in India: Problems and Issues in an International and Comparative Perspective.
Leila Choukroune, Director, Centre for Sciences and Humaines , Delhi

Probing the Relationship between Authority Migration and Developments in the Party System in India – a Longitudinal Analysis (1950 – 2009)
Wilfried Swenden, Associate Professor, University of Edinburgh, UK

Regional Leaders and Regional Parties: What Function do they Perform in Indian Federal System
Sanjay Kumar, Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

Union Model of India: A Critical Exploration
Ajay K. Singh, Professor, Centre for Federal Studies, Jamia Hamdard, Delhi

Political Monitoring in a Nested Game: Presidential Rule in Federal India

Thomas D. Lancaster, Professor, Department of Political Science, Emory University, USA

Rapporteur: Amna Mirza, Assistant Professor, DDU College, University of Delhi

Lunch: 1.45 p.m. – 2.15 p.m.
Session II: 2.15 p.m. — 3.45 p.m.
Theme: Governing Diversity in Federal Systems – I
(Under the Auspices of Centre for Multilevel Federalism, New Delhi)

Chairs: Leila Choukroune, Centre for Science and Humaines, N.Delhi

Balveer Arora, Centre for Multilevel Federalism, New Delhi

Discussant: Ash Narain Roy, Director, Institute of Social Sciences, Delhi

Papers:

Diversity-claims and Equality-claims in Indian Federalism: Searching for Democratic Intention

Harihar Bhattacharya, Professor, University of Burdwan, West Bengal

Deliberating Diversity: Groups in India’s Constitution
Ashok Acharya, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Federalism and Decentralization as an Institutional Framework for Celebrating Diversity – Drawing from Ongoing Experiments in South Sudan and Myanmar
Sandeep Shastri, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Jain University, Bangalore

Humane Governance in Jammu & Kashmir: Issues & Concerns
Gull Wani, Director, UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Institute of Kashmir Studies, University of Kashmir, Kashmir

Issues in Ladakh
Navnita Chaddha Behera, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Exploring the Demands for New States in India
Ashutosh Kumar, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Punjab, Chandigarh

Rapporteur: Sri Ram Pandeya, Assistant Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi

Tea: 3.45 p.m.-4.00 p.m.
Session III: 4.00 p.m.-5.30 p.m.
Theme: Governing Diversity in Federal Systems– II
(Under the Auspices of Centre for Multilevel Federalism, New Delhi)

Chairs:
Tishyarakshit Chatterjee, Director, Indian Institute of Public administration
M P Singh, Senior Fellow, Centre for Multilevel Federalism

Discussant: Dalbir Singh, Secretary, All India Congress Committee

Papers:

Need forRethinking Contours of Federalism for More Inclusive and More People-oriented Governance in Jammu and Kashmir

Rekha Chowdhury, University of Jammu, Jammu

Accommodation of Diversity in India
D Raja, Leader, Communist Party of India

Gujarat Model of Governance
Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, Journalist, India

Minority Culture
Mollica Dastidar, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Coalitional Federalism and Neighbourhood Policy of India: A Case Study of West Bengal
Pratip Chattopadhyaya, University of Kalyani, West Bengal

Federalism and Cultural Accommodation: Lessons from India and Micronesia
Thomas O. Hueglin, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Rapporteur : Pallavi Borgohain, Assistant Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi

Dinner: 7.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Day 2
Friday, November 15, 2013
Session IV: 9.30 a.m.-11.30 a.m.

Theme: Joint Policy Process and Service Delivery in MultiLevel Systems
(Under the Auspices of Forum of Federations)

Chairs:
Wilfried Swenden, Associate Professor, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK;
Satyajit Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Discussant: Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Political Analyst, India

Papers:
Service Delivery in Federal Systems: The German Case
Wolfgang Renzsch, Professor, Monnet Chair of European Studies, Germany

Environmental Governance across Levels of Government
Sonja Walti, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University, USA

Joint Service Delivery and Reform in Federal Systems
Rupak Chattopadhyaya, President and CEO, Forum of Federations, Canada

Flood Management in Uttarakhand: Recent Experiences
Ravi Dhingra, Former Additional Secretary, Inter-State Council Secretariat

Service Delivery in Rural India: Comparing Devolution Across States
V N Alok, Associate Professor of Finance, Indian Institute of Public Administration, Delhi

Workplace Practice and Diversity in Canada: Employment Policy in Global Modernity
Lesley Alan Jacobs, Professor, University York, Canada and Lorne Foster, Director, Diversity and Human Right Certificate (DHRC), University of York

Rapporteur : Ashutosh K. Jha, Assistant.Professor, B R Ambedkar College, DelhiUniversity

Tea: 11.30 a.m.-11.45 a.m.

Session V: 11.45 a.m.-1.45 p.m.
Theme: Evaluating Joint Policy Process in India

Chairs: Kamal Narayan Kabra, Former Professor at Institute of Public Administration

K. Sudarshan, Dean, Jindal Global University, Sonepat

Discussant: Ashutosh Kumar, Professor, Punjab University, Chandigarh

Papers:

Federations, Political Dynamics and Policy Pathways: Patterns of Autonomy, Engagement and Resistance

Dolly Arora, Professor of Political Science, Indian Institute of Public Administration, Delhi

Federalism and Education Policy in India and US
Kumar Suresh, Professor, National University for Educational Planning and Administration, Delhi

Federalism and India’s Foreign Policy
Shanta Verma, Associate Professor, Department. of Political Science University of Delhi

Environment Policy and Civil Society in India
Subhendu Ranjan Raj, Associate Professor, PGDAVE College, University of Delhi and Fellow, CMF

Are PPPs the Instrument for Transforming Public Services in India?
Tanvir Aeijaz, Assistant Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi, and Fellow, CMF

Rapporteur: Devika Malhotra, Assistant Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi

Lunch: 1.45 p.m. – 2.15 p.m.

Session VI: 2.15 p.m.-4.15 p.m.

Theme: Administrative, Legal and Financial Dimensions of Federal Governance

Chairs: Wolfgang Renzsch, Monnet Chair of European Studies, Magdeburg University, Germany

Ujjwal K Singh, Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Discussant: Deb K. Das, Ramjas College, University of Delhi

Papers :

Independent Regulatory Authority

M P Singh, Senior Fellow, Centre for Multilevel Federations and Niraj Kumar, Assistant Professor, Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi

Federalization of Treaty Making Power in India
Rekha Saxena, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Parliamentary Committee in Federal System,
Rajesh Jha, Assistant Professor, Rajdhani College, University of Delhi

Legal Dimension to Indian Federalism
Khagesh Gautam, Assistant Professor of Law, Jindal Global University, Sonepat

The emerging Dimensions of Distributive Fiscal Politics in India
Chanchal K. Sharma, Assistant Professor, MAC College, Haryana

Rapporteur : Annapurna Sharma, Assistant Professor, MLN (E)College, University of Delhi

Tea: 4.15 p.m.—4.30 p.m.

Session VII: 4.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m.
Theme: Good Governance and Decentralisation in Federal Systems

Chairs: Sonja Walti, Conference Chair, American University, USA
George Mathew, Chairman, Institute of Social Sciences, Delhi

Discussant: Madhulika Banerjee, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Papers :

Good Governance Initiatives from the Centre and the States in Post ’91India

Rumki Basu, Professor, Department of Political Science, Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi

A Political Perspective on Decentralized Governance
Satyajit Kumar Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

INGO decentralization, legitimacy and Multi-level Governance
Fransisco Obino, London School of Economics, U K

Small Statesand Politics of Development: Story of Uttaranchal
Pampa Mukherjee, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Punjab University, Chandigarh

Urban Governance in North-West Region: A Case Study of Chandigarh
Manoj Tetotia, Assistant Professor, HUDCO Chair Coordinator, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID)

Local Leadership and the Idea of Representation: Exploring Kalinganagar Tribal Movement in Orissa
Biswajit Mohanty, Associate Professor, Deshbandhu College, University of Delhi

Rapporteur : Devki Nandan, Assistant Professor, Maharaja Agrasen College, Univ. of Delhi

Dinner: 7.30 p.m. -8.30 p.m.
Day 3

Saturday, 16 Novermber 2013

Session VIII: 9.30 am-12.00 noon
Theme: Inter-governmental Relations and Conflict Resolution in Federal Systems

Chairs: Louise Tillin, Lecturer in Politics, King’s College, London

Bidyut Chakrabarty, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Discussant: Nasreen Chowdhory, Assistant professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Papers:

Public Security in the Indian ‘Union’

Ajay K Mehra, Director, Centre for Public Affairs

Federalism and Maoist Insurgency in India
Niranjan Sahoo, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, Delhi

Democracy and Armed Struggle
Saroj Giri, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Analysing Centre-State Role in Non-implementation of Forest Rights Act
Rajesh Ranjan, Social Activist

Vulnerabilities of Checks and Balances in Indian Federalism: The Case of the Adarsh Society Scam in Mumbai
Vaidehi Tandel, Reseach Scholar, University of Mumbai, Mumbai

Governmental Arrangements to Protect Migrant Workers’ Human Rights: An Indian Experience
Pradipta Mukherjee,Asst. Professor, HMM College for Women, Dakshineswar, West Bengal

Rapporteur : Avantika Singh, Ph.D Scholar, University of Delhi

Tea: 12.00 noon – 12.15 p.m.

Session IX: 12.15 p.m. -2.15 p.m.
Theme: Comparative Federalism: Country Case Studies

Chairs: Harihar Bhattaharya, Professor, Burdwan University

Rekha Saxena, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi and Hon.Vice Chairman, CMF

Discussant: A S Narang, Former Professor, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi

Papers:

Syrian Version of Arab Spring: Implication of the Region

S A M Pasha, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi

Federalism in Pakistan
Veena Kukreja, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Federalism in Austalia
Christine El-Khoury, Audience Producer, Q and A, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney

The Constitutional-Design options for state formation in Palestine
Nahed Odeh, University of South Wales, Australia

The Provision of Secession in Multi-ethnic Federal Constitution: A case study of Ethiopia
Samuel, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Federal Practices in India and Brazil
Aparajita Kashyap, Assistant Professor, Guru Govindsingh Indraprastha University

The Advisory Rule of the Supreme Court of India: Lessons from the Canadian Experience with Judicial Advice as Statecraft
Radha Krishna Persaud, University of York, Canada

Rapporteur : N C M Robinson, Research Scholar, University of Delhi

Lunch: 2.15 p.m. – 2. 45 p.m.

Valedictory Session: 3.00 p.m.- 4.30 p.m.

Chair: Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Principal, Ramjas College, University of Delhi, and Chair, Centre for Public Policy and Governance

Dr.Sonja Walti, Conference Chair, Chair IPSA RC-28, Washington University, USA

Dr. Rupak Chattopadhyay, President and CEO, Forum of Federations

Professor Walgang Renzsch, Monnet Chair of European Studies, Germany

Dr. Wilfried Swenden, University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr.Rekha Saxena, Conference Chair, Department of Political Science and Honorary Vice Chairman, Centre for Mulitilevel Federalism

Keynote Address:

Shri Manish Tewari

Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India

Chief Rapporteur’s Report: Dr. Subhendu Ranjan Raj, PGDAVE College,

University of Delhi

Vote of Thanks: Mr. Tanvir Aeijaz, Conference Convener, Ramjas College,

University of Delhi

High Tea: 4.30

Dinner: 7.30-8.30

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