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Democracy, Civil Society and Governance
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Democracy, Civil Society and Governance

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


February 2019 | 260 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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.
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
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
 
Epilogue
 
Bibliography
 
Index

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

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