The Challenge of Sustaining Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies

The Challenge of Sustaining Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies : Citizenship, Rights, and Ethnic Conflicts in India and Israel

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The Challenge of Sustaining Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies: Citizenship, Rights, and Ethnic Conflicts in India and Israel by Ayelet Harel-Shalev explores the inherent tension between the conflicting logics of democracy, citizenship, and nation-state. Majority-minority relations are comparatively explicated by analyzing and theorizing the practices democracies utilize to allocate legal rights to minorities while limiting their share in power. The discourse of legal rights offers minorities empowerment while simultaneously limiting their access to national power; it also functions as a political formula that enables such states to survive while sustaining a democratic process in the face of ethno-religious conflicts.show more

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  • Hardback | 514 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 898.11g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739126849
  • 9780739126844

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Harel-Shalev is offering a path-breaking, genuine, and astute comparison between two highly divided societies- India and Israel, examining how they could have survived with democratic structures for about sixty years heretofore. While harnessing an impressive bulk of original primary sources, this book is offering some remarkable and vital arguments. It is a must read and an enjoyable book. -- Gad Barzilai, University of Washington Harel-Shalev's study is outstanding. Finally, a cogent, and intelligent analysis of the myriad ways deeply divided societies maintain and negotiate democratic practices. This book will prove to be essential reading for anyone interested in the topics of identity politics, public policy and democracy. -- Rebecca Kook, Ben Gurion University Harel-Shalev's surprising choice of comparative case studies offers original insight into the way by which public policies that aim at legal institutionalization of rights may provide both political stability and gradual counter-hegemonic transformation.Her analysis is of particular significance for those interested in learning new ways of thinking about the interplay between democratic political processes and majority-minority relations in deeply divided societiessss -- Dan Avnon, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Harel-Shalev's surprising choice of comparative case studies offers original insight into the way by which public policies that aim at legal institutionalization of rights may provide both political stability and gradual counter-hegemonic transformation. Her analysis is of particular significance for those interested in learning new ways of thinking about the interplay between democratic political processes and majority-minority relations in deeply divided societies -- Dan Avnon, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ayelet Harel-Shalev has produced an important, comprehensive study of an especially pertinent issue. The depth of material provided is remarkable...This book is plainly worthy of scholarly attention by all students of comparative politics, especially those concerned about the future of democracies in pluralistic societies. The Law and Politics Book Review This book lays a strong foundation for dealing with several issues. Its conceptualization of them is useful and creative. It sets a comprehensive agenda for future research. Nationalism and Ethnic Politicsshow more

About Ayelet Harel-Shalev

Ayelet Harel-Shalev is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.show more

Table of contents

1 Preface 2 Acknowledgements Part 3 I. A Conceptual Framework Chapter 4 1.Democracy in deeply divided societies: Theoretical and comparative aspects Part 5 II. Disaggregating Citizenship in Deeply Divided Societies-Empirical and Analytical findings Chapter 6 2.The Formative Years-A Base to Majority-Minority Relations in Deeply Divided Societies Chapter 7 3.Public and Judicial Policy toward the Minority Throughout 60 years of Independence Chapter 8 4.Placing the Comparison in a Broader Context-Democracies That Did Not Survive Part 9 III. Comparative and Theoretical Findings Chapter 10 5.Conclusions-he Fate of Democracy In Deeply Divided Societies 11 Bibliography 13 About the Authorshow more