Archive for February, 2010

Quest for Participatory Democray

Democracy has been presented as an ideal form of government where freedom and justice are in constructive interdependence. But there is increasing disenchantment with representative forms of democracy due to a number of systematic flaws in it. It has been recognized that there is a need to create a better system of governance and political participation to minimize the negative features of prevailing forms of representative democracy. High cost elections, immorality of power elites, restrictive nature of political parties due to factionalism and hierarchy, corruption at high places, majoritarianism, alienation of women, minorities and marginal groups, and declining significance of citizens in the affairs of the state are some of the most criticized aspects of representative democracy. The challenges of ethical politics, humane governance, citizen-centric polity and just social order have remained ignored. Therefore, a number of mobilizations have taken place in the quest of participatory democracy around the world since the 1970’s.

 

This book focuses on the imperatives and the consequences of the movements of the participatory democracy through conceptual, empirical and comparative papers to underline the outstanding features of the “Global Quest for Participatory Democracy” in the modern world system. It is expected that this book will create a meaningful dialogue about the phenomena of “participatory democracy” in India and other countries, and help us in understanding the challenge of transforming the polity to make it more humane, ethical and relevant for common citizens.