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Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia

Democracy and Authoritarianism in South Asia
A Comparative and Historical Perspective

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Part of Contemporary South Asia

  • Date Published: May 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521478625

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  • Challenging the view that a shared colonial legacy led to contrasting patterns of political development in South Asia--democracy in India and authoritarianism in Pakistan and Bangladesh--Ayesha Jalal argues that, despite differences in form, central political authority in each state has confronted similar threats from ethnic and regional movements. By comparing state structures and political processes, the author evaluates and redefines democracy, citizenship, sovereignty and the nation state, arguing for more decentralized government.

    • Pioneering study comparing the development of post-colonial Asia
    • An interdisciplinary approach which should appeal to historians, political scientists, South Asianists
    • Jalal is a previous press author with a substantial reputation in her field
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    'Jalal's real contribution lies, I think, in reminding us that within the region of South Asia, it is not ethnicity itself that is a problem, but the state structures from within which it arises.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    • Date Published: May 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521478625
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    l. The colonial legacy in India and Pakistan
    2. State formation and political processes in India and Pakistan, 1947–1971
    3. The 'populist' era and its aftermath in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, 1971–1993
    4. The state and political economy:
    1947–1993
    5. Central power and regional dissidence
    6. Societies, cultures and ideologies: hybrids in contrived monoliths.

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    Ayesha Jalal, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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