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“India’s Two-Track Democracy,” Ethics and Public Life Lecture (Atul Kohli)

Monday, April 16, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, Room 132, Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium
232 East Ave, Central Campus

“India’s Two-Track Democracy: Vibrant Citizens, Oligarchic Rulers” will be the topic of Atul Kohli (Politics, International Affairs; Princeton) in a lecture in the Ethics and Public Life series, “The Difficulty of Democracy.” He will focus on both the strengths and the weaknesses of  Indian democracy – for example, both the depth and pervasiveness of  the habits of democracy, including among the poor and illiterate, and the increasing centralization of power in the hands of narrow political and economic elites. In his lecture, he will describe how efforts to ‘resolve’ the tension between demands from below and concentration of power at the apex have led to pathologies including the mobilization of ethnic nationalism by the ruling elite. Prof. Kohli’s widely influential work on the political economy of development and on the specific interactions of politics and development in India includes Poverty amid Plenty in the New India (2012) and State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery (2004).

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