The Promise of Power: The Origins of Democracy in India and Autocracy in Pakistan |

The Promise of Power: The Origins of Democracy in India and Autocracy in Pakistan

Synopsis:

Under what conditions are some developing countries able to create stable democracies while others have slid into instability and authoritarianism? To address this contested question, the talk investigates a striking puzzle: why, upon the 1947 Partition of British India, was India able to establish a stable democracy while Pakistan created an unstable autocracy? Refuting the prevailing notion that a country’s democratization prospects can be directly attributed to its levels of economic development or inequality, the talk suggests that the differential strengths of India’s and Pakistan’s independence movements directly accounts for their divergent democratization trajectories and establishes that these movements were initially constructed to pursue historically-conditioned class interests.

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Speaker(s):

Dr. Maya Tudor, University Lecturer in Government and Public Policy, St. John’s College and Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University

Date:
Monday, 08 April 2013
Time:
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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