The State of India's Democracy

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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 ...

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Overview

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 accomplishments—and continuing challenges—of 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

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Editorial Reviews

Asian Affairs
This work... provide[s] an accessible and authoritative framework for debate on the country's future.

— William Crawley

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This excellent collection of essays will be of great interest to India specialists and scholars concerned with democratic development.

Asian Affairs - William Crawley
This work... provide[s] an accessible and authoritative framework for debate on the country's future.
Choice
This excellent collection of essays will be of great interest to India specialists and scholars concerned with democratic development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801887901
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: A Journal of Democracy Book Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Sumit Ganguly is Rabindranath Tagore Professor of Indian Cultures and Civilizations and a professor of political science at Indiana University. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of fourteen books on South Asian politics and is currently at work on a new book, India since 1980. Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution of War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Marc F. Plattner is vice president for research and studies at the National Endowment for Democracy. They serve as codirectors of the International Forum for Democratic Studies and coeditors of the Journal of Democracy.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction   Sumit Ganguly     ix
Politics
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
The State
Federalism's Success   Subrata K. Mitra     89
The Rise of Judicial Sovereignty   Pratap Bhanu Mehta     107
Police Agencies and Coercive Power   Arvind Verma     121
Society
The Role of Civil Society   Niraja Gopal Jayal     143
Civil Society versus Corruption   Rob Jenkins     161
Breaking News: The Media Revolution   Praveen Swami     176
The Economy
Economic Growth and Political Accommodation   Aseema Sinha     195
The State of the States   Simila S. Kale     209
Index     227
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