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Democracy and Discontent

Democracy and Discontent
India's Growing Crisis of Governability

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  • Author: Atul Kohli, Princeton University, New Jersey
  • Date Published: April 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521396929

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  • Long considered one of the great successes of the developing world, India has in recent years experienced growing challenges to political order and stability. Dominant social groups face growing demands of newly organized social groups, often leading to intense violence, and the once hegemonic Congress party has forfeited is commanding role, culminating in the defeat of Rajiv Gandhi in the recent national elections. Institutional mechanisms for the resolution of conflict have broken down, the civil and police services have become highly politicized, and the state bureaucracy appears incapable of implementing an effective plan for economic development. In this book, Atul Kohli analyzes political change in India from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. Based on research conducted at the local, state and national level, the author analyzes the changing patterns of authority in and between the center and periphery. He combines rich empirical investigation, extensive interviews and theoretical perspectives in developing a detailed explanation of the growing crisis of governance his research reveals. The book will be of interest to both specialists in Indian politics and to students of comparative politics more generally as an analysis of political patterns that evolve in democratic governments in developing countries. Atul Kohli is an Associate Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, Princeton University. He is the author of The State and Poverty in India: The Politics of Reform (CUP, 1987).

    Reviews & endorsements

    "The implications of Kohli's insightful analysis of the political dilemmas of development in the world's largest democracy extend well beyond the borders of India. This book is essential reading for anyone trying to understand state-society relations in the Third World." Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley

    "This book is a tour de force...Democracy and Discontent will surely be among the most important books on the politics of India." Joel Migdal, University of Washington, Seattle

    "I was much impressed with what I read. The argument is well formulated, the methodology is sound, the empirical research carefully conducted and reported." Myron Weiner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521396929
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 159 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.685kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables and figures
    Preface and acknowledgements
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. An overview of the study
    2. Some conceptual and theoretical considerations
    Part II. The Growing Problems of Governing the Periphery: Politics in the Districts: Introduction: the districts
    3. Kheda, Gujarat
    4. Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
    5. Belgaun, Karnataka
    6. Calcutta, West Bengal
    7. Madurai, Tamil Nadu
    Conclusion: the districts
    Part III. Order and Breakdown in the States: Introduction: the states
    8. Breakdown in a 'backward' state: Bihar
    9. Growing turmoil in an 'advanced' state: Gujarat
    10. From breakdown to order: West Bengal
    Conclusion: the states
    Part IV. Centralization and Powerlessness at the Center: Introduction: the center
    11. Managing the economy: halfhearted liberalization
    12. Managing the troubled political institutions: the Congress party and relations with Punjab
    Conclusion: the center
    Part V. Final Inferences:
    13. Political change in a democratic developing country

  • Author

    Atul Kohli, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Atul Kohli is an Associate Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, Princeton University. He is the author of The State and Poverty in India: The Politics of Reform (CUP, 1987).

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