The State of India's Democracyby Sumit Ganguly
The newest volume in the acclaimed Journal of Democracy series examines the state of India’s democracy. As India marks its sixtieth year of independence, it has become an ever more important object of study for scholars of comparative democracy. It has long stood out as a remarkable exception to theories holding that low levels of economic development/i>… See more details below
The newest volume in the acclaimed Journal of Democracy series examines the state of India’s democracy. As India marks its sixtieth year of independence, it has become an ever more important object of study for scholars of comparative democracy. It has long stood out as a remarkable exception to theories holding that low levels of economic development and high levels of social diversity pose formidable obstacles to the successful establishment and maintenance of democratic government.
In recent decades, India has proven itself capable not only of preserving democracy, but of deepening and broadening it by moving to a more inclusive brand of politics. Political participation has widened, electoral alternation has intensified, and civil society has pressed more vigorously for institutional reforms and greater government accountability. Yet political scientists still have not devoted to this country, which contains more than one-sixth of the world’s population, the kind of attention that it warrants. The essays in The State of India's Democracy focus on India’s economy, society, and politics, providing illuminating insights into the past accomplishmentsand continuing challengesof Indian democracy.
Contributors: Rajat Ganguly, M. V. Rajeev Gowda, Christophe Jaffrelot, Niraja Gopal Jayal, Rob Jenkins, Sunila S. Kale, Pratap Mehta, Subrata K. Mitra, Aseema Sinha, E. Sridharan, Praveen Swami, Arvind Verma, Steven I. Wilkinson.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Table of Contents
Introduction Sumit Ganguly ix
Parties and the Party System, 1947-2006 M.V. Rajeev Gowda E. Sridharan 3
Reading the Election Results Steven I. Wilkinson 26
Democracy and Ethnic Conflict Rajat Ganguly 45
Caste and the Rise of Marginalized Groups Christophe Jaffrelot 67
Federalism's Success Subrata K. Mitra 89
The Rise of Judicial Sovereignty Pratap Bhanu Mehta 107
Police Agencies and Coercive Power Arvind Verma 121
The Role of Civil Society Niraja Gopal Jayal 143
Civil Society versus Corruption Rob Jenkins 161
Breaking News: The Media Revolution Praveen Swami 176
Economic Growth and Political Accommodation Aseema Sinha 195
The State of the States Simila S. Kale 209
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