The Puzzle of India's Governance: Culture, Context and Comparative Theory [NOOK Book]

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India no longer gets an easy ride as the world's largest democracy. Spectacular terrorist attacks on its Parliament and places of worship, communal riots of unprecedented ferocity, lingering separatist insurgency and violent caste conflict in impoverished regions have combined to cause a closer appraisal of India's capacity to sustain the rule of law.


This book shows how governance is high when people follow the rules of transaction, derived ...

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The Puzzle of India's Governance: Culture, Context and Comparative Theory

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Overview

India no longer gets an easy ride as the world's largest democracy. Spectacular terrorist attacks on its Parliament and places of worship, communal riots of unprecedented ferocity, lingering separatist insurgency and violent caste conflict in impoverished regions have combined to cause a closer appraisal of India's capacity to sustain the rule of law.


This book shows how governance is high when people follow the rules of transaction, derived from binding custom, legislation, administrative practices and the constitution. The key question that underpins this analysis is why do some people, sometimes, follow rules and not others? This study responds to this central question by looking at analytical narratives of political order in six Indian regional States, surveys of social and political attitudes and extended interviews with political leaders, administrators and police officers. It shows how, by drawing on the logic of human ingenuity, driven by self interest rather than mechanical adherence to tradition and ideology, these regional elites can design institutions and promote security, welfare and identity which enhance governance.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : a comparative theory of governance 1
2 Measuring governance : a design for empirical inquiry 29
3 The institutional arrangement of governance : structure and the formation of the state in India 53
4 The regional context of governance : six analytical narratives 80
5 Policing and strategic reform : culture, context and welfare in the organisation of order 152
6 The agency of public institutions : leaders, administrators and governance 179
7 Modern state, pre-modern identities : culture and governance in changing societies 206
8 Nogotiating governance in changing societies : beyond the Indian model 236
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