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date: 16 December 2019

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This chapter outlines the role of the Indian Parliament in the domain of foreign policy. It shows how the legislature can shape and even check executive decisions. Contrary to popular accounts, the chapter argues that Indian Prime Ministers have found themselves more vulnerable than otherwise accepted to the push and pull tensions of parliamentary oversight. This was amply clear in their approach to treaties, alliances, territorial agreements, and war and peace more generally. The chapter looks carefully at single-party governments in the early years of the republic and their relationship with the Indian Parliament in the making of foreign policy. It goes on to study the experience of governments and the execution of foreign policy in the twenty-first century, whilst also examining the role of state legislatures and regional politics.

Keywords: India, foreign policy, parliament, state legislatures, single-party government, regional politics

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