You are here

Towards A Democratic Nepal
Share

Towards A Democratic Nepal
Inclusive Political Institutions for a Multicultural Society

First Edition

February 2005 | 348 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book analyses the problem of the increasing political exclusion of ethnic, caste and gender groups in democratic Nepal and discusses its consequences for democracy and the stability of the country. While outlining alternative democratic institutions and proposing specific institutions that can include the diverse socio-cultural groups in Nepal, this book:

- analyses the Maoist insurgency, arguing that political exclusion was a major cause for its genesis and growth;

- examines the causes for the lack of democratic consolidation in Nepal;

- provides the first comprehensive critique of the 1990 Constitution, identifying it as an important factor leading to the political exclusion of ethnic groups;

- suggests the setting up of a new Constituent Assembly to address the social and political crisis in Nepal;

- makes important recommendations to shape an inclusive and democratic Nepal which include federalism; a powerful House of Nationalities; a proportional electoral system; affirmative action policies and reservations; declaration of a secular state; a centralized judicial review; and the protection of minority rights in the Constitution.

Overall, the author argues that unless Nepal's ruling elite becoms senstive to the needs of marginalized and excluded groups, the country could witness an escalation in violence.

Highlighting a wide range of issues crucial to strengthening democracy in Nepal, this book is of interest ot students and academics studing Nepal and South Asia.


 
PART ONE: THE PROBLEM: EXCLUSION AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
 
Political Exclusion in Democratizing Nepal
 
Exclusion and Violent Conflicts in Nepal
The Maoist Insurgency and Beyond

 
 
PART TWO: THE CONTEXT: MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY, POLITICAL EXCLUSION AND MAJORITARIAN INSTITUTIONS
 
Cleavages, Conflicts and Sociocultural Groups
 
The Constitution as the Source of Exclusion
 
Inclusion in Multicultural Societies
Accommodation through Power Sharing and Autonomy

 
 
PART THREE: A METHOD FOR INCLUSION: DEMOCRATIC DELIBERATION
 
A Method for Selecting Inclusive Democratic Political Institutions
 
The Process for Designing an Inclusive Polity
 
PART FOUR: THE SOLUTION: INCLUSIVE DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS
 
Federalism and Group Autonomy
Group Rights, Public Policies and Inclusion

 
 
Proportionality
Inclusion though Equality and Justice

 
 
Constitutional Protection of Minority Rights
 
PART FIVE: THE FUTURE: A MULTICULTURAL DEMOCRATIC NEPAL
 
Multicultural Democracy
Congruence between the State and Society

 

Coming out at a time when the South Asian region is hearkening to the birth pangs of a democratic Nepal, this eye-opening study by Mahendra Lawoti…could be considered to be of a path-breaking nature. Its significance transcends the political and social landscape of Nepal and envelopes South Asia and other regions of the world….On reading Towards a Democratic Nepal one is compelled to recognize the degree to which the ‘democratization and nation-building exercise’ in most troubled regions of the Third World could be characterized as fundamentally flawed and even misconceived….Thus the appearance of Towards a Democratic Nepal could not have been timelier.

The Island

Preview this book

For instructors

To inquire about the availability of this title for review (print and/or digital), please contact your local sales representative or call (800) 818-7243.

Select a Purchasing Option

Order from:

ISBN: 9780761933182
$86.00