ISBN 9789382264576,The Challenge of Democracy: Citizenship, Rights, and Ethnic Conflicts in India and Israel : Citizenship, Rights, and Ethnic Conflicts in India and Israel

The Challenge of Democracy: Citizenship, Rights, and Ethnic Conflicts in India and Israel : Citizenship, Rights, and Ethnic Conflicts in India and Israel

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Publisher

Cambridge University Press

Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13

ISBN 9789382264576

ISBN-10 9382264574
Binding

Hardback

Number of Pages 516 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Political structures: democracy

This book analyzes public policy and governmental features in procedurally democratic states that govern deeply divided societies. It traces the political formula that enables such states to survive while sustaining a democratic process in the face of religious, ethnic, and national conflicts. It investigates citizenship discourses, analyzes the mechanisms political regimes use to give rights to minorities while simultaneously limiting their power, and illustrates how this unique political formula can be applied in two case studies of vastly different countries - Israel and India. The analogous conflicts in India and Israel that threaten the survival of democracy - the ethno-religious conflict between Hindus and Muslims in India and the ethno-national conflict between Jews and Arab-Palestinians in Israel - are analyzed in depth. In addition, the core cases of India and Israel, states in which democracy has survived for over sixty years, are compared with two additional countries where democracy was short-lived.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements

Part I - A Conceptual Framework

1. Democracy in deeply divided societies: Theoretical and comparative aspects

Part II - Disaggregating Citizenship in Deeply Divided Societies: Empirical and Analytical findings

2. The Formative Years: A Base to Majority-Minority Relations in Deeply Divided Societies
3. Public and Judicial Policy toward the Minority throughout 60 years of Independence
4. Placing the Comparison in a Broader Context - Democracies that did not Survive

Part III - Comparative and Theoretical Findings

5. Conclusions: The Fate of Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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