This collection explores the possibilities for expanding and consolidating existing democratic spaces in Asia, under the pressure of market reforms. It provides new insights into the prospects for democratic consolidations in the region. The book explores the ways of going beyond the official and elitist discourses on constitutional democracy and economic development. It analyzes the complex challenges of deepening poverty and highlights the obstacles to the empowerment of marginalized communities, including women and ethno religious minorities. The authors of this volume suggest ways to engender development through grassroots democracy in the new millennium.
FAHIMUL QUADIR is Assistant Professor of the Division of Social Science and coordinator of the International Development Studies Program at York University in Toronto. He has recently published in Contemporary South Asia, New Political Economy, South Asian Studies, Hentz and Bo?s (eds.), New and Critical Security and Region, Reed (ed.), Corporate Capitalism in Contemporary South Asia, Thomas and Wilkin (eds.), Globalization and the South, and Poku and Pettiford (eds.), Redefining the Third World. He also co-edited a volume entitled Crises of Governance in Asia and Africa (Ashgate, 2002). - JAYANT LELE is Professor Emeritus at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. - He is the author/coauthor/editor of many articles and books including, Tradition and Modernity in Bhakti Movements, Elite Pluralism and Class Rule, Language and Society, Hindutva: The Emergence of the Right, Unravelling the Asian Miracle, and Asia: Who Pays for Growth? -