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ISBN: 9789699988875

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DEMOCRACY AND AUTHORITARIANISM IN SOUTH ASIA

A COMPRARATIVE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

by AYESHA JALAL

 

Publication Date: 2018

Extent: 295 pages

 

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In a comparative and historical study of the interplay between democratic politics and authoritarian states in post-colonial South Asia, Ayesha Jalal explains how a common British colonial legacy led to apparently contrast-ing patterns of political development democracy in India and military authoritarianism in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The analysis shows how, despite differences in form, central political authority in each state came to zonfront broadly comparable threats from regional and linguistic dis-sidence, religious and sectarian strife, as well as class and caste conflicts. By comparing and contrasting state structures and political processes, the author evaluates and redefines democracy, citizenship, sovereignty and the nation-state, arguing for a more decentralized governmental structure better able to arbitrate between ethnic and regional movements. This original and provocative study will challenge students and scholars in the field to rethink traditional concepts of democracy and authoritarianism in South Asia.

 

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