Democracy and the State: Welfare, Secularism, and Development in Contemporary India

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Political Science - 289 pages
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This book examines the relationship between state, society and democracy in India over the last decade. It does so by exploring the recent careers of three goals that were pre-eminent on the state's agenda at Independence, and continue to inform contemporary debates on Indian politics and society. Each of these goals - welfare, secularism and development - is illuminated through a detailed case study to which the challenges of democracy and citizenship are central. In exploring some aspects of the discursive terrain of Indian politics, this book provides a narrative which bridges the gap between political theory and empirical political analysis. This well-written and carefully argued book will be useful not only to postgraduate researchers in politics, but also to the ordinary reader interested in debates that confront contemporary India.

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Contents

Introduction
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Conclusion
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Prolegomenon to a Theory of State Society
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Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Niraja Gopal Jayal, Professor, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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