Democracy and Its Institutions by Andre BeteilleDemocracy and Its Institutions by Andre Beteille

Democracy and Its Institutions

byAndre Beteille

Paperback | April 23, 2017

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Democracy rests on a delicate balance between two principles that may be called the rule of numbers and the rule of law. To ensure that the rule of law is not overwhelmed by the weight of numbers, democracy requires institutions. Examining democracy from an institutional perspective, this bookstudies such institutions as the Parliament, the courts of justice, and the systems of political parties, and brings out the contradictions between the ideals of democracy - such as equality and liberty - and the actual operation of government and politics. It introduces the reader to thedistinction between law and custom, and between matters of right and matters of trust.
Andre Beteille, FBA, is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Delhi and National Research Professor.
Title:Democracy and Its InstitutionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pagesPublished:April 23, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199471673

ISBN - 13:9780199471676

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Institutions of Democracy2. Government and Opposition2. 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