Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia: A Comparative and Historical Perspective / Edition 1

Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia: A Comparative and Historical Perspective / Edition 1

by Ayesha Jalal, Ayesha Jalel
     
 

In a comparative and historical study of the interplay between democratic politics and authoritarian states in post-colonial South Asia, Ayesha Jalal explains how a common British colonial legacy led to apparently contrasting patterns of political development - democracy in India and military authoritarianism in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The analysis shows how, despite… See more details below

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In a comparative and historical study of the interplay between democratic politics and authoritarian states in post-colonial South Asia, Ayesha Jalal explains how a common British colonial legacy led to apparently contrasting patterns of political development - democracy in India and military authoritarianism in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The analysis shows how, despite differences in form, central political authority in each state came to confront broadly comparable threats from regional and linguistic dissidence, religious and sectarian strife, as well as class and caste conflicts. By comparing and contrasting state structures and political processes, the author evaluates and redefines democracy, citizenship, sovereignty and the nation-state, arguing for a more decentralized governmental structure better able to arbitrate between ethnic and regional movements. This original and provocative study will challenge students and scholars in the field to rethink traditional concepts of democracy and authoritarianism in South Asia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521478625
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Contemporary South Asia Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of maps
Preface
Introduction1
1The colonial legacy in India and Pakistan9
2State formation and political processes in India and Pakistan, 1947 to c. 197129
3The 'populist' era and its aftermath in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, 1971 to c. 199366
4The state and political economy, 1947 to c. 1993122

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