How India Became Democratic

How India Became Democratic

Citizenship and the Making of the Universal Franchise

Shani, Ornit (University of Haifa, Israel)

Cambridge University Press






15 a 20 dias

Shani explores the greatest experiment in democratic human history through the untold story of the creation of the electoral roll and universal adult franchise in the world's largest democracy: India. This ground-breaking study will be essential reading for all scholars and students of democracy, citizenship, South Asia and legal history.
Introduction; 1. Designing for democracy: rewriting the bureaucratic colonial imagination; 2. The pursuit of citizenship in the making of the electoral roll: registering partition refugees; 3. The roll as 'serialised epic' and the personalisation of the universal franchise; 4. Disciplining the federal structure; 5. Shaping the constitution from below and the role of the Secretariat; 6. The limits of inclusion; Conclusion: a 17 crore and 220 yard democracy.
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