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Democratizing Development

Democratizing Development
Struggles for Rights and Social Justice in India

First Edition

November 2018 | 212 pages | SAGE India

Since its inception, the Indian model of development has the twin objectives of economic development and social justice woven together. This has shaped both policy and popular aspiration in post-Independence India. In this context, Democratizing Development: Struggles for Rights and Social Justice in India explores and analyses how development gets vitiated by multiple powers and subverts the democratic ideals of participation, equality, inclusion, redistribution and equity, and how the poor and socially marginalized struggle to make development democratic. Examining development through the lens of the most marginalized, the book shows the democratic potential of development as well as the result of its absence.

The book contains empirically drawn cases and supplements these with theoretical and analytical arguments. It contributes to contemporary debates in social science such as democracy, social justice, civil society, social mobilization, social inclusion, redistribution and participatory governance.

Introduction: Democratizing Development- Issues and Actors
Contesting Development, Reimagining Democracy: Grassroots Social Movements
National Rural Employment Guarantee Act: Access and Inclusion in Development
Participatory Governance: The Paradoxes of Development and Democracy
Joint Forest Management: The Making and Unmaking of Participation
The Kol Resistance: Tribal Mobilization for Land Rights
Collective Economies of the Poor: The Ethics of Equity
Conclusions: Development as Democracy
Key features

· The book joins the themes of development, social policy, social mobilization, social rights, social justice, civil society, and participatory governance and brings them together within the frame of ‘democratization of development’.

· The book brings together diverse and multiple forms of social struggles to analyze how they democratize development. 

· The book draws from multiple sources- research studies, empirical cases and field interactions.

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ISBN: 9789352807277

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