At Home with Democracy

A Theory of Indian Politics

Authors: Sheth, D.L.

Editors: deSouza, Peter Ronald (Ed.)

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  • Examines issues of Indian politics at the right level of abstraction, offering an analytical framework that provides the basis for a theory of Indian Politics
  • Studies the impacts of democracy on different aspects of the political process as well as the implications of the Indian political experience for global democratic theorizing
  • Analyzes the three crucial processes of secularization, politicization and classization, which have long-term consequences for changes in the social structure and institutions of democracy in India
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This book presents numerous discussions of specific aspects of democratic politics, showing how ‘democracy’ can be projected as a model of deliberate imperfection – a model that tolerates various loose ends in the system – and how democracy recognizes a multiplicity of possible courses open to the system at any point in time. Against this backdrop, the book carefully analyzes the lifetime work of D.L. Sheth, which, seen as a whole, offers us with a theory of Indian politics.

The selection of fifteen essays has been clustered into five sections that signify the major domains of democratic politics: State, Nation, Democracy; Parapolitics of Democracy; Social Power and Democracy; Representation in Liberal Democracy; and Emerging Challenges of Democracy. These essays give a sense of the transformations and struggles that are underway in India, brought about by the dynamics of democratic politics. Each of the fifteen chapters focuses on one aspect, providing a unique analysis of the deepening of democracy in India.

About the authors

Essays by Professor D.L. Sheth, Honorary Senior Fellow, Former Member National Commission for Backward Classes, Former National Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Centre For the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS).
Compiled and Edited byProfessor Peter Ronald deSouza, Former Director Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Former Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Chair of the Rajya Sabha.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction: A Political Theory of Indian Democracy

    Pages 1-20

    deSouza, Peter Ronald

  • Historicizing India’s Nationhood: History as Contemporary Politics

    Pages 23-33

    Sheth, D. L.

  • State-Nation Building: The Making of Liberal Democracy

    Pages 35-47

    Sheth, D. L.

  • Crisis of Political Authority

    Pages 49-68

    Sheth, D. L.

  • Civil Society and Non-party Political Formations

    Pages 71-86

    Sheth, D. L.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
At Home with Democracy
Book Subtitle
A Theory of Indian Politics
Authors
Editors
  • Peter Ronald deSouza
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-6412-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-6412-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-6411-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 289
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