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When Rebels Become Stakeholders: Democracy, Agency and Social Change in India

Subrata K. Mitra (Author) V.B. Singh (Author)

When Rebels Become Stakeholders : Democracy, Agency and Social Change in India explores the agency of ordinary men and women in the making of democratic social change in India. The study is specific to India, but the issues that it examines are of wider significance. The authors join the debate on democracy and development on the basis of case studies that showcase the opinions and attitudes of the Indian voter. They assert that mass perception of institutions, policies and processes--so often dismissed as mere false consciousness or as the conditioned reflex of a gullible public, manipulated by the rhetoric of populist politicians--is our only window to the inner dynamics of democracy and social change.

The authors have used the public opinion data from three national surveys of the Indian Electorate held in 1971, 1996 and 2004 to focus on the political understanding of India's voters and their leaders. While agency is a much-discussed theme in contemporary social sciences, connecting the rationality of ordinary men and women to explain electoral participation and rapid structural change in the lives of people of this country is specific to this study. This book argues that the cohabitation of democracy and social change in India is not merely incidental or coincidental; rather the two are institutionally linked in a manner that is fundamentally causal, to the extent that the weakening of one renders the other ineffective.

This book would be of interest to researchers and scholars of political science, international relations, democracy, Indian politics, political analysis, sociology, development studies, journalism, comparative politics and public administration.

Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction: democracy and the puzzle of Orderly social change. 2. The context of social change: interfacing society and state in India. 3. Continuity and change in Indian politics: an Inter-generational analysis. 4. The elements of political agency and the limits of consensus. 5. Political competition, social cleavages and institutionalization of the party system. 6. Re-inventing the nation: the dialectics of nation and region in India. 7. Poverty, welfare and social opportunity in India. 8. Building social capital from above and below: locality, region and trust in India. 9. India at sixty: social change and the resilience of democracy. 10. Beyond India: democracy and social change in comparative perspective. Appendices. Bibliography. Index.

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About the authors

Subrata K. Mitra

Subrata K. Mitra is Professor and Head, Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg.

V.B. Singh

V.B. Singh (b.1950) did B.Sc. (Ag.), M.Sc. (Ag.) and PH.D. in Horticultural from Banaras Hindu University. Dr. Singh was appointed as Professor and head, Department of Horticulture in 19996 and occupied the position of Dean, School of Agricultural Sciences and Rural Development, Nagaland University at Medziphema in 1997 for a period of three years. Besides two books, viz. Fruits of North East region and Spices of India, he has more than 100 papers to his credit. Dr. Singh is a life member of various academic societies, Executive Councillor for Indian Society of Vegetable Science, president of the Horticultural Society of North east India and Chairman/ members of various boards. He was awarded Honour of Distinction Maharishi-Horticulture (Spices) by the Society for the Protection of Environment and Sustainable Development, BHU, Varanasi (2003) and Certificate of Honour by Nagaland University on Silver Jubilee Day of SASRD (2003) for his valuable services rendered as dean.

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Title When Rebels Become Stakeholders: Democracy, Agency and Social Change in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 04.08.2018
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8178299457
length xviii+320p., Tables; Figs.