CONTENTS: Preface; Introduction; Democracy Yesterday and Today; The Social Capital Debate; State and Civil Society; Decentralised Governance; Revisiting Tribal Self-Rule; Whither Democracy; Suggested Readings;
While democracy is conventionally understood as political institutions, the contemporary discourses on democracy are concentrated on the social tributaries of democracy namely the groups and associations, discursive public spheres, social capital, civil society etc. All these form of core of good governance. This book is an attempt to make critical reflections on the various tributaries of democracy. The first chapter explains democracy both as a doctrine individualism and as a doctrine of collective consciousness and makes critical assessments of the current debates on associationism and deliberative democracy.