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The Puzzle of India's Governance

Culture, Context and Comparative Theory

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The Puzzle of India's Governance by Subrata Kumar Mitra
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India no longer gets an easy ride as the world's largest democracy. Spectacular terrorist attacks on its Parliament and places of worship, communal riots of unprecedented ferocity, lingering separatist insurgency and violent caste conflict in impoverished regions have combined to cause a closer appraisal of India's capacity to sustain the rule of law. This book shows how the processes and power of governance are strong when people follow the rules of transaction, derived from binding custom, legislation, administrative practices or the constitution. The key question that underpins this analysis is why do some people sometimes follow rules and not others? This study finds answers to this central question by looking at analytical narratives of governance in six Indian regional states, surveys of social and political attitudes and in-depth interviews with regional elites. It shows how, by drawing on the logic of human ingenuity, driven by self-interest rather than mechanical adherence to tradition and ideology, political elites can design institutions and practices that enhance governance.

Author Biography

University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Release date NZ
April 1st, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
63 black & white tables, 9 black & white line drawings
Imprint
RoutledgeCurzon
Pages
352
Dimensions
156x234x21
ISBN-13
9780415348614
Product ID
1668672

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