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Here you'll find publications that have been published in the framework of the IPS India Forum, either by its members or by guest professors who have been visiting our Institute.


EU-India Relations – The Strategic Partnership in the Light of the European Union Global Strategy
Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger / Manuel Pietzko / Anja Zürn / Ummu Salma Bava / Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet (eds.)

To be published in late 2020
Springer Nature Switzerland
Sprache: Englisch

India and the European Union upgraded their relationship to a new level in 2004: By concluding a Strategic Partnership, an institutionalized bilateral relationship between the two largest democracies in the world was set into motion to promote an inclusive, rules-based global order. Both partners, however, have constantly been criticized for their reluctance to foster this partnership in practice. Negotiations for an India-EU free trade agreement, for instance, have been suspended since 2013. Yet, the EU’s Global Strategy of 2016 offers the opportunity for a restart of European Foreign Policy after years of crisis. Besides envisaging new partnerships, the strategy focuses on recalibrating the existing ones. On the Indian side, too, changing stances have opened up new opportunities. Prime Minister Modi repeatedly criticized protectionism and called for a strengthening of the rules-based international system. In 2019, Modi and German Chancellor Merkel agreed to resume negotiations on the free trade agreement. What are the status quo and future potential of EU-India relations? This volume will explore conceptual approaches to EU-India relations and analyze key dimensions of the Strategic Partnership, among them trade, democracy promotion, climate policy and development cooperation. On this basis, prospects for future cooperation will be evaluated. Finally, the book will offer policy recommendations: How to move forward in the relations between India and the EU?

Gender Roles in Peace and Security: Prevent, Protect, Participate
Manuela Scheuermann / Anja Zürn (eds.)

Published 2019
Springer, Cham
Language: English
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-21890-4

This volume examines the specific gender roles in peace and security. The authors analyse the implementation process of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in various countries and discuss systemic challenges concerning the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Through in-depth case studies, the authors shed new light on topics such as the gender-related mechanisms of peace processes, gender training practices for police personnel, and the importance of violence prevention. The volume studies the role of women in peace and security as well as questions of gender mainstreaming by adopting various theoretical concepts, including feminist theories, concepts of masculinity, organizational and security studies. It also highlights regional and transnational approaches for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, namely the perspectives of the European Union, NATO, the UN bureaucracy and the civil society. It presents best cases and political advice for tackling the problem of gender inequality in peace and security. This publication in the framework of TM5 "The Challenge of Gender" of the M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP) has been financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


Journal Articles (selected)

  • Lowinger, Timo:
    The India that can’t say yes? Weltinnenpolitik und die theorieimmanente Exklusion des Globalen Südens
    In: S+F Sicherheit und Frieden, 37:4 (2019), pp. 202-207.
    DOI: 10.5771/0175-274X-2019-4-203
  • Gieg, Philipp:
    Same Same but Different? India–Africa Relations and Chinese Involvement in the Continent
    In: Insight on Africa 8:1 (2016), pp. 40-58.
    DOI: 10.1177/0975087815612291
  • Gieg, Philipp:
    Modi-fying India-Africa Relations? The New Government’s Africa Policy and the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit
    In: FPRC Journal 24: India-South Africa Relations, Issue 4/2015, pp. 49-57.

Würzburg Working Papers in Political Science and Sociology

Exploring Emerging India – Eight Essays
Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger / Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet (eds.)

Published: 12 October 2015
Language: English
DOI: 10.25972/OPUS-11997

India's economic rise since the 1990s has been followed by a more prominent global role for the country. Despite economic setbacks in recent years and huge domestic challenges like poverty, caste issues, and gender inequality, India today is almost universally characterised as an “emerging power”. At the same time, the country continues to show an enormous diversity. Thus, exploring emerging India can surely not be confined to economic analysis only. Instead, it is vital to take current developments in domestic and international politics, society, culture, religion, and political thinking into consideration as well.

Following an interdisciplinary approach, contributions from Political Science, International Relations, Indology, Political Theory, and Economics are fundamental in order to grasp the country's diversity. This collection assembles eight essays which, individually, serve as working papers reflecting the authors' various research focuses, while collectively composing a multifaceted and multidis-ciplinary picture of emerging India. It thereby reflects the approach the University of Würzburg’s Centre for Modern India and the Institute for Political Science and Sociology’s India Forum are committed to: bringing together different academic disciplines in order to generate nuanced insights into India’s manifold diversity.


Elections and Civil Society in India
Valerian Rodrigues 

Published: 30 October 2014
Language: English
DOI: 10.25972/OPUS-10500

The analysis of the 2014 elections to Lok Sabha in India describes the results and their enormous extent with a differentiate regard to social group voting. Considering the election campaign’s performativity and issues of contestation the landslide victory of BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) will be illuminated. Through a closer examination of party coalitions, the electoral system, and the leadership factor the BJP’s clear victory over Congress Party will be explained. Besides the opportunity for significant economic and political reforms, the author conjectures a potential for dangerous tendencies to Indian democracy owing to such a resourceful government, which are compared with the government constraints, especially by federal arrangements. The second part of the article argues that civil society in India is composed of several layers that are distinct and overlap at the same time.

Five versions of the same are significant: 1) institutions avowing secular nationalism that upholds inclusive citizenship, equality of treatment, and non-discrimination; 2) a phalanx of institutions inspired by the Gandhian idea of swaraj that are deeply vary of the state and its apparatus and envisage a life of freedom constituted around self-determining associations built from below; 3) such orientations and impulses which stress on religiously inspired values and traditions with its archetypal representation in Hindu nationalism; 4) those who highlight difference and diversity as central to Indian society and stress this fact as foundational to Indian nationalism; 5) and those who are in favour of a right-based approach to citizenship and rule of law in India. Alluding to these distinctive domains constitutive of civil society in India the paper argues that the success of the Bharatiya Janata Party, and the coalition that it led, in the General elections of 2014 rested on its ability in tapping resources from different layers of civil society while making institutions woven around Hindu identity as its anchor.


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