Indrajit Roy, Department of Politics, University of York
Gilles Verniers, Assistant Professor of Political Science & Co-Director of the Trivedi Centre for Political Data, Ashoka University
About the Book
This book challenges the ongoing scholarly debates on poor people’s negotiations with democracy. It demonstrates the varied ways in which the poor engage with their elected representatives, political mediators and dominant classes in order to advance their claims. Roy explains the variations by directing attention to the dynamic interaction between the opportunity structures available to the poor and the social relations of power in which they are embedded. He analyses these intersections as ‘political spaces’ which both enable and constrain popular practices. Through examination of the ‘political spaces’ available to the poor in four different localities, Roy outlines a new analytic framework to understanding poor people’s politics. Based on these observations, the book makes a strong case for an approach to democracy that appreciates people’s ambivalences towards democracy. Roy urges researchers of democracy to step beyond either enthusiastic narratives heralding the inevitability of democracy or apocalyptic accounts lamenting democracy’s impending demise.
About the Series
The CPR-TCPD Dialogues on Indian Politics brings together academicians, policy and political practitioners, and civil society actors to grapple with important social and political issues in India. It provides a forum for intellectually rigorous, non-partisan commentary to strengthen public discourse on politics in India. This dialogue series is an effort to understand the changing dynamics of Indian political parties, the impact of new and emerging social movements and the use of new instruments of mobilisation in our polity.
The CPR-TCPD Dialogues is curated by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the Trivedi Centre for Political Data (TCPD) at Ashoka University. Founded in 1973, CPR is one of India’s leading think tanks, providing rigorous policy research on a variety of issues. Founded in 2015, TCPD is among India’s most well-respected institutions working with political data, providing data-driven research, policy work and journalism on India’s political life by producing and disseminating in open access scientifically collected and treated political data. The CPR-TCPD Dialogues leverages the unique strengths of these two institutions to provide rigorous and innovative commentary on India’s social and political challenges.
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