The significance of democracy is widely appreciated and its principles have been applied in most parts of the world. But democratic experiences vary greatly. Increasingly, the failure of governments in practising democracy in a fair and equitable manner is leading to tension and conflict between the civil society and the government.
This edited volume describes various impediments to democracy at the regional, national and local level, and offers ideas for successfully promoting democracy to achieve the fundamental goal of creating a better and peaceful world.
The publication is based on papers presented by scholars from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Egypt and Germany during a two-day conference organised by the Observer Research Foundation with the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in Delhi. It covers the following four themes: New Wave of Democracy in Asia; Contemporary Challenges – is Federalism the Answer?; Democracy at the Grassroots – Rural and Urban Contexts; and Social Media and Democracy.
1. Editorial Introduction
2. Indigenisation of Democracy in South Asia
Rohit Kumar Nepali
3. New Democratic Patterns in West Asia and the Middle East: Perceptions and Challenges for the Left
4. Democracy and Rising Inequalities in India
5. Space for Federalism: Perspectives from Sri Lanka
6. What Works is What Matters! An Investigation into Successful Practices of Panchayati Raj Institutions in India
7. The 3C-Model of Grassroots-led Development: Challenges and Prospects of Grassroots Democracy in Rural Egypt
8. Select Participatory Mechanisms in Turkey: The Urban Context
9. Local Politics, Democracy and Participation in Berlin
10. Networked Societies and Hierarchical States: The Emerging Challenge to Political Order
Nitin Pai and Sneha Shankar
11. Politics of Digitally Mediated Spaces: The Scripted Logic of Inclusion and Exclusion