Rethinking Democracy

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Orient Blackswan, 2005 - Democracy - 176 pages
Rethinking Democracy is an insightful and reflective monograph on democracy in general and Indian democracy in particular. In this work, Rajni Kothari revisits the core arguments he has laid down in his various writings in the past four decades Politics in India, State Against Democracy, Communalism in India, etc. While revisiting his writings, Kothari reflects, interrogates and even contests some of his earlier formulations on democracy, state and civil society, developing a new paradigm on the basis of his intellectual experience and activist experience. Kothari makes a powerful critique of prevailing democratic theory and practice in a changing global as well as Indian contaxt and concludes that democracy has failed to achieve its objective of human emancipation and survives merely as a dream. However, this disillusionment with democracy does not deter him from searching for an alternative model of a decentralized, participatory and emancipatory democracy.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
In Search of a Theory
9
Philosophical and Cultural Perspectives
18
The Classes and the Masses
30
Democracy and the Role of the State
55
Rebuilding the State
71
Background and Emerging Challenges
90
Democracy Participation Theory and Growth of the Nonparty Political Process
124
A Critique
143
Emancipation and Democracy
154
Democracy under Contrary Pressures
167
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