Lecture Notes 3.4.08 - POL103 Lecture 3/4/08 INDIA -India...

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POL103 Lecture 3/4/08 INDIA -India is a case that defies all predictions -India has been a democracy since the end of colonialism when the British left with free & fair elections, a wide range of civil liberties and a sustained rule of law. -Elections have seen sporadic irregularities but seem to reflect the general will. -These attributes are shared with many other countries, but not many other poor countries (below the $6,000 poverty mark) -India has seen no revolutions, unlike most democratic countries. -More important than parliament is common law: arguments based on precedent. -As a result of this common law, changes are minor and gradual. -A country that is not only poor but religiously and culturally diverse is rarely a democracy. -In a poor country, an economy must cannibalize itself to distribute wealth throughout cultural and religious groups. -India has had bouts of violence caused by both majorities and minorities; parts of the constitution are designed specifically to accommodate diversity. -India is able to compare provinces to one another and learn new techniques of sustaining
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Lecture Notes 3.4.08 - POL103 Lecture 3/4/08 INDIA -India...

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