Democracy & Diversity

India and The American Experience

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ISBN:

9780195683684

Publication date:

26/12/2006

Hardback

Price: 595.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780195683684

Publication date:

26/12/2006

Hardback

K. Shankar Bajpai

Suitable for: The recent spurt in interest in Indo-US relations will make this volume attractive to scholars of politics and international affairs. Bureaucrats, diplomats, journalists, and interested lay readers too will find it useful.

Rights:  World Rights

K. Shankar Bajpai

Description

Among the world's eleven longstanding democracies, India and America are by far the largest. But there is very little material on how the successes and problems of one might be relevant to the other, or to other states. India has managed its diversities impressively, and yet not been part of the study of comparative democratic theory or practice. This volume brings together four leading international scholars in the field, with four Indian counterparts, to stimulate fresh thinking on the issue. Conscious of the differences between India and the US, and the difficulties of attempting comparisons, they approach democratic practices in one country keeping in mind similarities and contrasts in the other. Examining democratic institutions in India and the US, the contributors study the points of divergence–and possible convergence–with other democracies. They contest the idea that social homogeneity is essential to democracy. The politics of language in both countries has shown how differences, as opposed to homogeneity, can actually promote democracy. The volume inquires into the absence, in Indian political parties, of the internal democracy that is intrinsic to the functioning of their US counterparts. It explores links between democracy in parties and their capacity to accommodate religious, racial, ethnic, caste, linguistic, and regional diversities. It also provides insights into the factors that control the strength of democracy and social harmony in societies with a multi-national dimension to their polities.

K. Shankar Bajpai

K. Shankar Bajpai

K. Shankar Bajpai

K. Shankar Bajpai

Description

Among the world's eleven longstanding democracies, India and America are by far the largest. But there is very little material on how the successes and problems of one might be relevant to the other, or to other states. India has managed its diversities impressively, and yet not been part of the study of comparative democratic theory or practice. This volume brings together four leading international scholars in the field, with four Indian counterparts, to stimulate fresh thinking on the issue. Conscious of the differences between India and the US, and the difficulties of attempting comparisons, they approach democratic practices in one country keeping in mind similarities and contrasts in the other. Examining democratic institutions in India and the US, the contributors study the points of divergence–and possible convergence–with other democracies. They contest the idea that social homogeneity is essential to democracy. The politics of language in both countries has shown how differences, as opposed to homogeneity, can actually promote democracy. The volume inquires into the absence, in Indian political parties, of the internal democracy that is intrinsic to the functioning of their US counterparts. It explores links between democracy in parties and their capacity to accommodate religious, racial, ethnic, caste, linguistic, and regional diversities. It also provides insights into the factors that control the strength of democracy and social harmony in societies with a multi-national dimension to their polities.

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