Introduction: Democracy and Development in Asia in the 21st Century: In Search of Popular Democratic Alternatives

  • Jayant Lele
  • Fahimul Quadir
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


In the new millennium, democracy remains a central concern for those engaged in fashioning the future or studying the present in Asia. Where transition to formal-procedural democracy has already occurred, the issues of its consolidation, stabilization and sustainability are pre-eminent while the fear of reversal is still very real. In countries where the transition is in an embryonic stage, the reversal of even the minor gains seems imminent. That fear deeply affects the strategies of the actors struggling to expand democratic spaces.


Civil Society Political Party Social Movement Public Sphere Good Governance 
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