Democracy and Its Institutions

Hardcover | October 15, 2012

byAndre Beteille

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This volume reflects Beteille's engagement with the conception of formal, legal, political institutions (Parliament, Judiciary, and political parties), and practices in specific domains of public and political life - rule of law, constitutional morality, the opposition - without whichdemocracies cannot function or survive. The focus on institutions highlights the divergence between ideal and practice in the operation of democracy. The author contends that the institutions of civil society require an effective constitutional framework for their proper functioning, and that such aframework suffers when social movements set themselves continuously against the State's authority. The relationship between government and opposition acquires great value and significance in a democracy, and this issue has been examined in detail. The volume not only points to what remains neglected in the study of democracy but also offers an understanding of the ground on which democraciesrest.

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This volume reflects Beteille's engagement with the conception of formal, legal, political institutions (Parliament, Judiciary, and political parties), and practices in specific domains of public and political life - rule of law, constitutional morality, the opposition - without whichdemocracies cannot function or survive. The focus on...

Andre Beteille, FBA, is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Delhi and National Research Professor.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:228 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:October 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198080964

ISBN - 13:9780198080961

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Institutions of Democracy2. Government and Opposition3. Civil Society and the State4. Constitutional Morality5. Can Rights Undermine Trust? How Institutions Work and Why They Fail6. Caste and the Citizen7. Pluralism and Liberalism8. Law and Custom9. Sociology and IdeologyIndex