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Democracy and Its Institutions$
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André Béteille

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198080961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198080961.001.0001

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The Institutions of Democracy

The Institutions of Democracy

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(p.8) 1 The Institutions of Democracy
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Democracy and Its Institutions
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André Béteille

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198080961.003.0001

This chapter examines the ideals of democracy and the actual operation of its institutions in India, focusing on those political institutions that began to emerge from the middle of the nineteenth century onwards. The institutions of civil society are of particular importance to the operation of democracy. The weakness of the institutions of civil society explains in part why democracy in India is weak. This chapter looks at Parliament and the state legislatures, the Supreme Court and high courts, and political parties, as well as the maladies by which the basic institutions of democracy are beset in India today. Finally, the chapter describes the tension between the two irreducible principles of democracy: the rule of numbers and the rule of law.

Keywords:   India, political institutions, democracy, civil society, Parliament, state legislatures, Supreme Court, high courts, rule of numbers, rule of law

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