Broadening and Deepening Democracy

Political Innovation in Karnataka

By E Raghavan, James Manor

© 2009 – Routledge India

310 pages

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pub: 2009-07-31
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About the Book

This book examines certain changes in the political make-up of Karnataka, between the early 1970s and the late 1980s, which, in turn, led to the birth of a unique democracy in the state.

In a departure from most studies on political science and political history which pay little or no attention to the role of politicians and focus only on technocratic blueprints, administrative processes and incentive systems, this volume takes into account the role politicians play in shaping the character of their governments, public policy and state–society relations. It studies the political transformation of Karnataka by focusing heavily on three chief ministers of the state who played an important role in making politics in Karnataka more accommodative, enlightened and, hence, more democratic.

This volume is a detailed insider’s account of the political processes in Karnataka, enriched with interviews and surveys which seek to locate this work in the social science literature, in Karnataka’s recent history and in comparative context alongside other Indian states.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: D. Devraj Urs, 1972–80. Chapter 1: The Emergence of Urs and the Challenge to the Landed Castes’ Dominance of State Politics Chapter 2: Consolidating a Broad Social Base: Land Reform, Caste Reservations and the Emergency Chapter 3: The End of the Urs Era Part II: R. Gundu Rao, 1980–83. Chapter 4: An Inept, Insensitive, Brutish Government Chapter 5: The Destruction of the Congress Dominance Part III: Ramakrishna Hegde, 1983–88 Chapter 6: Constructing the First Non-Congress Government Chapter 7: Struggling for Political Survival Chapter 8: Nine Weeks, Two Key Elections Chapter 9: A Government Like Any Other? Chapter 10: Rampant Factionalism — and the Deepening of Democracy Chapter 11: Endgame Conclusion

About the Authors

E. Raghavan is Editor (South) of the Economic Times. He has previously worked as a reporter for the Indian Express in Mysore, Bangalore and Delhi; as Chief Reporter for the Indian Express and the Times of India in Bangalore; and as Resident Editor, Times of India, Bangalore. For twelve years (1982–94) he wrote a weekly column on Karnataka’s politics, first at the Indian Express and then at the Times of India.

James Manor is Emeka Anyaoku Professor at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. He has previously taught at Yale, Harvard and Leicester universities, and at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Three of his earlier books focus entirely or in part on Karnataka.

About the Series

Exploring the Political in South Asia

Exploring the Political in South Asia is devoted to the publication of research on the political cultures of the region. The books in this Series will present qualitative and quantitative analyses grounded in field research, and will explore the cultures of democracies in their everyday local settings, specifically the workings of modern political institutions, practices of political mobilisation, manoeuvres of high politics, structures of popular beliefs, content of political ideologies and styles of political leadership, amongst others. Through fine-grained descriptions of particular settings in South Asia, the studies presented in this Series will inform, and have implications for, general discussions of democracy and politics elsewhere in the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General