By Karsten Frey
India’s Nuclear Bomb and nationwide protection supplies an analytic account of the dynamics of India's nuclear increase. It places ahead a brand new finished version, which fits past the vintage strategic version of accepting factors of arming behaviour, and accommodates the dynamics in India’s nuclear programme. The center argument of the e-book surrounds the query approximately India's protection issues and their effect on India's nuclear coverage improvement. Karsten Frey explores this analytic version by means of together with explanatory variables at the unit-level, the place pursuits are often concerning symbolic, much less strategic values attributed to nuclear guns. those play an important function inside India's household political celebration pageant and between sure strain teams. additionally they impacted India's courting with different nations on non-proliferation concerns, for instance the concept that of the country's 'status' and 'prestige'. opting for the function of the strategic elite in identifying India's nuclear direction, this booklet additionally argues that one of many pivotal using forces in the back of India's quest for the nuclear bomb is India's fight for overseas attractiveness and the powerful, usually obsessive sensitivities of India's elite concerning 'acts of discrimination' or 'ignorance' by way of the West in the direction of India.
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Next to the aforementioned negative effects of public opinion on foreign policy, India’s post-independence history also offers evidence as to how these negative effects could be successfully minimized by institutionally isolating foreign policymaking from the direct influence of public opinion. It is one of the puzzling features of India’s nuclear path that the BJP-led government from 1998 to 2004, which might have benefited the most from its often populist nuclear decision making, made the strongest efforts to reform India’s nuclear decision making structure to isolate it from short-lived spikes in public opinion.
Others point to the negative effects of public sentiment on the government’s strategic decision making. In their view, the nuclear breakthrough in 1998 was caused by partisan and electoral considerations of the ruling BJP-led coalition. While the effect of public opinion – whether tempering or provocative – on India’s nuclear course is unclear at this stage, an unambiguous assumption can be made about its positive effect on the status orientation of India’s nuclear policy. Indian public opinion on the nuclear issue reacted to the inequalities of the existing nuclear order by reasoning in simple moralistic terms of absolute good and absolute evil.
As their argument goes, this tempering effect accounts for the very long period of abeyance between India’s first nuclear test in 1974, and its nuclear breakthrough and self-declaration as nuclear weapon state in 1998. Others point to the negative effects of public sentiment on the government’s strategic decision making. In their view, the nuclear breakthrough in 1998 was caused by partisan and electoral considerations of the ruling BJP-led coalition. While the effect of public opinion – whether tempering or provocative – on India’s nuclear course is unclear at this stage, an unambiguous assumption can be made about its positive effect on the status orientation of India’s nuclear policy.
India's Nuclear Bomb and National Security (Routledge Advances in Asia-Pacific Business) by Karsten Frey