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Democracy, Civil Society and Governance

Democracy, Civil Society and Governance

First Edition
  • Ghanshyam Shah - Retired Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

March 2019 | 260 pages | SAGE India
Civil society is often expected to rise above historical and contemporary socio-economic forces such as the neoliberal economic policy and undertake the transformation of a stratified society to an egalitarian society conducive to democracy. Democracy, Civil Society and Governance is an endeavour to critically examine such expectations. The book focuses on the interplay of democracy, civil society and public policy implementation, and addresses the role of civil society in terms of the changing nature of the economy and the condition of the working class. It highlights the reinforcement of hegemonic value systems by the contemporary mainstream civil society as well as the role of the pro-poor civil society in supporting and mobilizing the disadvantaged for their rights and justice. The book also critically evaluates government policies and their implementation in the domains of education, public health, employment, social upliftment and environment. 

Civil Society: Historical Background
Civil Society Organizations and Social Activists
Civil Society and Education: Reproducing Hegemony and Inequality
Self-employed Workers and Their Empowerment
Legal Recourse and Collective Struggles of the Subalterns
Social Movements of the Non-poor
Narmada Dam: Development and Displacement

This is a quintessential book to understand democracy and contemporary Gujarat …. This book emphatically stresses on the role of innumerable groups for effective functioning of democracy. …. The strength of this book is not only in its encompassing analysis and rich chronicles, but also lies in its ability to rekindle the debate which was either forgotten or had settled down.

Journal of Public Administration, 66(1), 2020
Key features
• The book vividly presents the theoretical and conceptual aspects of governance and civil society. 

• It elucidates the principles of good governance in a democratic and egalitarian context. 

• The book covers all facets of the democratic transformation of a traditional hierarchical society. 

• It provides a comprehensive empirical analysis of civil society in terms of economic growth and labour rights. 

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ISBN: 9789353281793

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