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Local Democracy in South Asia

Local Democracy in South Asia
Microprocesses of Democratization in Nepal and its Neighbours

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June 2018 | 468 pages | SAGE India
This volume, the first in a new series on governance, conflict, and civic action in South Asia, focuses on the larger countries of South Asia—Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and especially Nepal. The 15 essays in this volume analyze democracy both as a process and as a value. The essays also examine in ethnographic detail the way in which democracy is actually experienced in South Asia, ranging far beyond conventional political structures to look at conflict resolution, rhetorics of foreign aid, ethnic organizations, Maoist practices of local government, Dalit resistance, and so on.

Many of the processes that are analyzed in depth in the Nepalese context are shown to have their analogues in other South Asian countries. By putting Nepalese political and social processes firmly within their South Asian context, the current political crisis in Nepal is shown to be neither so radically new and different, nor so insoluble as it might appear. At the same time, the view from the peripheries of South Asia throws into relief the extent to which India has evolved away from the traditional caste-determined patron-client structures that once formed the framework of political action there.

The volume is a significant contribution to the study of how local democracy actually operates in South Asia. It will be of interest to political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, and development specialists.
Introduction David N Gellner and Krishna Hachhethu
NEPAL: Obstacles to Local Leadership and Democracy in Nepal Dhruba Kumar
Local Democracy and Political Parties in Nepal: A Case Study of Dhanusha District Krishna Hachhethu
Distributional Coalitions in Nepal: An Essay on Democratization, Capture and (Lack of) Confidence Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka
Democracy and Ethnic Organizations in Nepal David N Gellner and Mrigendra Bahadur Karki
The ‘Madhesi’ People: Issues and Challenges of Democracy in the Nepal Tarai Dilli Ram Dahal
Dispute Settlement at the Local Level: Observations and Lessons from Nepal Bishnu Raj Upreti
Maoist People’s Government, 2001-05: The Power in Wartime Kiyoko Ogura
Local Democracy and Local Government: A Case Study of Dhikure Pokhari Village Development Committee, Kaski, Nepal Uma Nath Baral
Foreign Aid, Democracy and Development: Personal Experiences Keshab Man Shakya
OTHER COUNTRIES OF SOUTH ASIA: Beyond ‘the Net’? Institutions, Elites and the Changing Power Structure in Rural Bangladesh David Lewis and Abul Hossain
The Struggle for Local Government: Indian Democracy`s New Phase Peter Ronald Desouza
Changing Caste and Local Democracy: Assertion and Identity among Dalits of Rural Punjab Surinder S Jodhka
Engendering Local Democracy Research: Panchayati Raj and Changing Gender Relations in India Stefanie Strulik
Local Government Reforms in Pakistan: Strengthening Social Capital or Rolling Back the State? Shandana Khan Mohmand
Local Democracy: The Sri Lankan Experience Siri Hettige

The book…is a significant attempt to study the methodologies adopted by the South Asian countries, while implementing local democratic institutions in their respective countries.

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