Democracy and Development in India

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In some ways it is better not to treat democracy as a governmental form though that imparts to it a pleasing tangibility that quantitatively inclined political scientists, such as Almond and Verba (1963), liked so much. A better strategy, in the case of the third world, is to treat it, more problematically, as a ‘language’, a way of conceiving, and in propitious circumstances of making, the world.1 This has considerable advantages. It might help us capture both the ubiquity of democracy in the third world and its fragile tenuousness: the idea of democracy exerts considerable influence on third world politics not because it is realized in a governmental form, but through this powerful intangibility of political imagination.


Household Labour Land Reform Opposition Parti Democratic Politics Colonial State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Oriental and African StudiesLondonUK
  2. 2.Centre for Contemporary StudiesIndia

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