The Success of India's Democracy

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Atul Kohli
Cambridge University Press, Sep 6, 2001 - History - 298 pages
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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 world's 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.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Historical origins
21
Indian democracy the historical inheritance
23
Political institutions and democratic consolidation
47
Indias federal design and multicultural national construction
49
Centerstate relations
78
Making local government work local elites panchayati raj and governance in India
103
Redoing the constitutional design from an interventionist to a regulatory state
127
The dialectics of Hindu nationalism
163
Social demands and democratic deepening
191
The struggle for equality caste in Indian politics
193
Sharing the spoils group equity development and democracy
226
Social movement politics in India institutions interests and identities
242
Bibliography
270
Index
287
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