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Success of India's Democracy

ISBN-10: 0521805309
ISBN-13: 9780521805308
Edition: 2001
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Description: How has democracy taken root in India in the face of a low-income economy, widespread poverty, illiteracy, and immense ethnic diversity? Atul Kohli brings together some of the worlds leading scholars of Indian politics to consider this intriguing  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/6/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

How has democracy taken root in India in the face of a low-income economy, widespread poverty, illiteracy, and immense ethnic diversity? Atul Kohli brings together some of the worlds leading scholars of Indian politics to consider this intriguing anomaly. They do so by focusing, not so much on socio-economic factors, but rather on the ways in which power is distributed in India. Two processes have guided the negotiation of power conflicts. First, a delicate balance has been struck between the forces of centralization and decentralization and, second, the interests of the powerful in society have been served without excluding those on the margins. These themes are addressed by the editor in his introduction, which is followed by an essay on the historical origins of Indian democracy, and two sections, one on the consolidation of democratic institutions, and the other on the forces which motivate or inhibit democratic growth.

Ayesha Jalal is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University. Her books include "Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia," "Self and Sovereignty: Individual and Community in South Asian Islam since 1850," and "The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League, and the Demand for Pakistan."

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction Atul Kohli
Historical Origins
Indian democracy: the historical inheritance Sumit Sarkar
Political Institutions and Democratic Consolidation
India���s federal design and multicultural national construction Jyotirindra Dasgupta
Center-state relations James Manor
Making local government work Subrata K. Mitra
Redoing the constitutional design: from an interventionist to a regulatory state Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph
The dialectics of Hindu nationalism Amrita Basu
Social Demands and Democratic Deepening
The struggle for equality: caste in Indian politics Myron Weiner
Sharing the spoils: group equity, development and democracy Pranab Bardhan
Social movement politics in India: institutions, interest, and identities Mary Katzenstein
Bibliography
Index

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