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English Literature in Transition 1880-1920     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.131, h-index: 5)
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Journal Cover Journal of Democracy
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  • China’s Disaffected Insiders
    • Abstract: All political regimes depend on support. Even the most dictatorial leaders need at least a small coterie of followers and flatterers to prop up their rule and keep them from being deposed. In recent years, the Chinese government, despite the common belief that political reforms have stalled, has taken steps to increase its responsiveness to popular demands. Protesters gain concessions, even while their leaders are jailed.1 Mayors and county leaders set up online portals, through which they deflect some requests but respond to others.2 Deputies of the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, represent their constituents, though few bills are voted down.3 Even at a time when repression is on the rise ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Real Lessons of the Interwar Years
    • Abstract: Does history repeat itself' Some scholars and pundits clearly fear that it does. Against a backdrop of growing anxiety over recent political developments in Europe and North America, these commentators have looked to history for evidence that even long-established Western democracies might prove brittle in the face of political crisis. In an article published the day before the U.S. presidential election of 8 November 2016, Harvard political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt opined that Donald Trump’s extremist behavior, together with mainstream Republicans’ habit of condoning it, uncannily resembled the political dynamics seen in Italy in the 1920s and Germany in the 1930s. Levitsky and Ziblatt ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Pipe Dream of Undemocratic Liberalism
    • Abstract: Commentators today are increasingly questioning whether rule by the people goes together with the safeguarding of liberal rights. Yet the worries they voice are by no means new. Almost twenty years ago, Fareed Zakaria wrote an influential essay outlining the challenge of “illiberal democracy.” Differentiating between “free and fair elections” on the one hand and “the rule of law, a separation of powers, and the protection of basic liberties of speech, assembly, religion, and property” on the other, he found that “today the two strands of liberal democracy . . . are coming apart. . . . Democracy is flourishing . . . liberalism is not.”1 Since that time the rise of illiberal democracy has continued ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • India’s Democracy at 70
    • Abstract: For seven decades now, India has been a fountain of challenges to democratic theories. When it became independent on 15 August 1947, India was one of the world’s poorest places in per capita terms. It was also one of the most linguistically diverse and culturally complex, with caste, ethnic, regional, and religious identities cumulating and cross-cutting in volatile ways. Social scientists thought democracy’s prospects dim in such a poor, divided country. Yet India has defied the odds. It has held sixteen national elections amid conditions of free and open political competition, broken by just one short authoritarian spell in the 1970s. Ballotings across the vast subcontinent with its more than ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Growth, Inequality, and Nationalism
    • Abstract: In order to understand contemporary India’s economy and its relationship with democracy, it helps to start with the nation’s threefold economic structure. For nearly a decade now, India has had the world’s fourth-largest concentration of dollar billionaires (after the United States, China, and Russia),1 its third-largest middle class (after China and the United States), and its single largest concentration of poor people. This tripartite structure is new. During much of the British period of Indian history (1757–1947), the economic structure featured a thin but opulent layer of rajas and maharajas (princes and kings), a tiny middle class, and a huge mass of people who lived in poverty. In their ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Toward a Hindu State'
    • Abstract: In 1976, India’s Constitution of 1950 was amended to enshrine secularism. Several portions of the original constitutional text already reflected this principle. Article 15 bans discrimination on religious grounds, while Article 25 recognizes freedom of conscience as well as “the right freely to profess, practise and propagate religion.” Collective as well as individual rights receive constitutional recognition. Articles 26 and 30, for instance, stipulate that each religious denomination has the right to establish charitable and educational institutions, and that these are eligible to receive state aid. These communities also have the right to manage their “own affairs in matters of religion,” which in ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Federalist Compromise
    • Abstract: During the seventy years since India became independent, every other new democracy in South Asia has fallen prey at least once to a military takeover or a devastating civil war, and some have experienced both. Among the region’s countries, only India has escaped these scourges. That neither has occurred in India owes much to the design and evolution of its federal system, and to the institutionalized recognition of diversity that is a basic aspect of the Republic of India’s constitutional structure. Although Indian federalism’s record as a mode of ethnic accommodation is not without blemish, it is likely that far worse would have happened without federalism. Critics of federalism charge that it ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Shifting Party Balance
    • Abstract: The seventieth anniversary of India’s independence gives us a chance to take stock of India’s party system, and especially its two leading members: the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC or Congress party). The anniversary also coincides with the completion of three years of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, during which the BJP has enjoyed a majority of its own amounting to 282 seats in the lower house of India’s bicameral Parliament, the 545-seat Lok Sabha. When the BJP won this majority in the 2014 general election, it marked the first time that a single party had done so well in a nationwide balloting since 1984. Indian parties today ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Impact of Instant Universal Suffrage
    • Abstract: On 15 August 2017, India will celebrate the seventieth anniversary of its independence. Acting just a few years after independence in 1947, the authors of the Constitution of 1950 took the extraordinarily bold step of establishing universal suffrage.1 All adult citizens—at that time they numbered 173 million—received the right to vote. With this singular act, India became the world’s first large democracy to adopt universal adult suffrage from its very inception as an independent nation.2 We call India’s move “instant universal suffrage,” to distinguish it from “incremental suffrage,” which is the more common historical experience by which the vote is extended more gradually.3 In nearly all Western ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Disputed Role of the Courts
    • Abstract: In democratic India, opinion surveys consistently rank the courts among the nation’s most trusted institutions. In a country where Parliament and the executive have long struck many voters as corrupt, ineffective, and unsteady, this says something about the courts—and also about the desire of citizens to feel that there is at least some part of the government that they can rely on. As political scientists Lloyd and Susanne Rudolph put it, the courts have “played a critical role in approximating a framework of lawfulness and predictability that has had some success in protecting citizens’ rights, limiting malfeasance and safeguarding environmental and other public goods.”1 The courts’ journey to ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Civil Society and Its Shadow
    • Abstract: Although democratic states derive their legitimacy from popular support, the relationship between democracy and “civil society”—broadly understood as groups of people who come together to shape rules, affect institutions, and put pressure on elected bodies—is not as straightforward as it may first appear. Does civil society, often referred to in India as janata (Hindi for “the people”), actually matter' After all, most democratic states are run by elected representatives through institutions that tend to give the populace at large little if any direct role. The same applies to the making and applying of public policy. Hence Larry Diamond’s question: “Is it primarily elites who make, shape, and consolidate ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Troublesome Security State
    • Abstract: Seven decades after gaining its independence from the British Empire, India remains a functioning democracy. It holds reasonably free and fair elections, has a mostly independent judiciary plus a largely free (and occasionally quite assertive) press, and enjoys a robust and growing civil society. All these attributes are the hallmarks of a working democracy. Yet thanks to India’s colonial inheritance as well as weaknesses in some of its key institutions, the country has rarely hesitated to resort to legal crackdowns on personal rights and civil liberties when disturbances break out. Worse still, it has turned to such heavy-handed legal measures without even invoking the provisions of the state of emergency. ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Elite Strategy or Populist Weapon'
    • Abstract: In recent years, democratic countries have turned ever more frequently to referendums as a means of deciding major policy issues. Supporters of these votes argue that they enhance the democratic character of the decision-making process. Referendums, on this view, provide a safety valve for releasing popular pressure under exceptional circumstances, or an option of last resort for raising policy issues that the ordinary political process is failing to address.1 Yet the increasingly common use of referendums—a form of direct democracy—introduces serious tensions with the regular practices and principles of representative systems, themselves the common foundation of all contemporary democracies. ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Demystifying Direct Democracy
    • Abstract: In 1961, Jamaican premier Norman Manley called a referendum on whether the island should leave the West Indies Federation. Manley thought he could call the bluff of the opposition, which was calling for exit, and win voters’ endorsement for remaining in the federation. He miscalculated. Only 45 percent voted “yes” on the question: “Should Jamaica remain in the Federation of the West Indies'”1 Fifty-five years later, British prime minister David Cameron had a similar idea. As described in a recent article in these pages,2 opposition to the European Union—though not high on most voters’ agenda—had been a favorite theme among Cameron’s Conservative backbenchers, as well as a factor drawing some voters to defect ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Tanzania: Shrinking Space and Opposition Protest
    • Abstract: The Tanzanian general election of October 2015 seemed to mark a moment of great democratic promise. In a state that has been an enduring bastion of single-party dominance in sub-Saharan Africa, opposition parties formed a pre-electoral coalition that held until election day. They were joined by a string of high-profile defectors from the ruling CCM (Chama Cha Mapinduzi, or the Party of the Revolution) and selected the most prominent of these defectors, Edward Lowassa, as the opposition presidential candidate. He went on to win 40 percent of the vote, the strongest showing that an opposition candidate has ever achieved in Tanzania. This left CCM candidate John Pombe Magufuli with 58 percent of the vote—a ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Turkmenistan: Grasping for Legitimacy
    • Abstract: Turkmenistan, one of the most closed societies in the world, has long been an outlier even by Central Asia’s very low standards of governance. Its dismal human-rights record has drawn international criticism under both the country’s first president Saparmurad Niyazov (1990–2006) and his successor Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov. Turkmenistan’s authorities stand accused of the frequent use of torture, disappearances of activists and journalists, and many other abuses. Yet this resource-rich country has also punched above its weight on the global stage. Most recently, it has sought to secure a degree of international respect by assuming the 2017 chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference, a 52-state ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Central Asia’s Globalized Despots
    • Abstract: Alexander Cooley and John Heathershaw’s new book marks a milestone in the study of Central Asia and of the post-Soviet space more broadly. Beyond area studies, Dictators Without Borders offers thought-provoking reflections on the mechanisms of political and financial globalization, and on the erasure of what distinguishes “the West” from “the rest.” Grounded in a pathbreaking examination of materials from U.S. and European judicial investigations into the offshoring mechanisms and extraterritorial activities of Central Asian presidential families, the book combines scholarly analysis, investigative journalism, and policy recommendations. It begins by arguing that, contrary to the conventional ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Books Received
    • Abstract: The books listed below were recently received by the editors. A listing here does not preclude a review in a future issue. ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Election Watch
    • Abstract: Albania: Elections for the 140-seat Parliament were scheduled to occur on June 25. Results will be reported in a future issue. Algeria: In May 4 elections for the 462-seat People’s National Assembly, the ruling two-party coalition won a decisive majority of 264 seats. The National Liberation Front (NLF) of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won 26 percent of the vote and 164 seats, down from 208 seats in 2012; its coalition partner, the National Rally for Democracy (RND), won 15 percent and 100 seats. The opposition Islamist party, Movement of Society for Peace (MSP), won 6 percent and 33 seats, and smaller parties and independents won the remaining seats. Turnout was officially reported as 35.4 percent, down ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Documents on Democracy
    • Abstract: On May 24–26, scholars and democracy activists convened in Prague for a conference hosted by Forum 2000 entitled “Toward a New Coalition for Democratic Renewal.” Participants discussed the formation of a coalition to defend democratic principles and to facilitate the exchange of strategies to address contemporary challenges to liberal democracy. The conference culminated in the issuance of an “Appeal for Democratic Renewal.” Among the signatories were Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich, philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, political scientist Ivan Krastev, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Anne Applebaum, Cuban activist Rosa María Payá, and Hong Kong legislator Nathan Law. The full text of the Appeal follows: ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • News and Notes
    • Abstract: On June 7, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) presented its annual Democracy Award to five activists combating corruption around the world: Khalil Parsa (Afghanistan), Rafael Marques de Morais (Angola), Claudia Escobar (Guatemala), Cynthia Gabriel (Malaysia), and Denys Bihus (Ukraine). Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, delivered keynote remarks at a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Five members of Congress presented the awards: NED Board members Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), along with Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Mario Díaz-Balart (RFla.), and Norma Torres (D-Calif.). NED Board Chairman Judy Shelton ... Read More
      Keywords: Discontent; Alienation (Social psychology); China; Democracy; World politics; Liberalism; India; Hinduism and politics; Decentralization in government; Federal government; Political parties; Suffrage; Judicial independence; Constitutional law; Courts; Civil society
      PubDate: 2017-07-09T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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