Democracy and Civil Society in Asia: Volume 1: by Fahimul Quadir

By Fahimul Quadir

This two-volume set provides serious views on contemporary and long-term traits within the fiscal, socio-cultural and political lifetime of the folks of Asia and examines the regulations and constraints confronted by way of the realms of the zone. it truly is intended for lay readers and experts in social technology disciplines and is a superb textual content or resource e-book for undergraduate and graduate classes. It contributes to and enriches the present debates on globalization, the customers for democracy and sustainable human improvement and the position of civil society in making a democratic political tradition in Asia.

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In the heady days in the early 1990s, the explosion of the forces of globalization and the apparent triumph of capitalism over any rival economic system were taken as sufficient to establish more rapid and sustained material expansion in much of the world. That expectation has been tempered by a much more sober reality, in which it is now clear that these forces have actually been associated with a deceleration of economic activity in much of the developed world, a continuing implosion in vast areas of the developing world including the continent of Africa, and a dramatic downslide in what had hitherto been the most dynamic segment of the world economy – East and Southeast Asia.

The demand for participation in the democratic process has led many countries to decentralize government responsibilities. One of the most hopeful of such experiments is being conducted in Kerala in India (Isaac & Franke 2000). But the elite can also talk about decentralization, meaning decentralization of responsibilities and routine administration, but not generally of political power, including powers of regulation. So long as global capital remains fancy-free but fetters are put on people’s geographic mobility and collective action, civil rights as well as political rights will continually be violated by sectarian terrorists, and terrorists donning the legitimacy of the state.

In the closing years of the twentieth-century, these processes reflecting external vulnerability assumed a greater significance because they occurred in an overall context of global slowdown in economic activity. In the heady days in the early 1990s, the explosion of the forces of globalization and the apparent triumph of capitalism over any rival economic system were taken as sufficient to establish more rapid and sustained material expansion in much of the world. That expectation has been tempered by a much more sober reality, in which it is now clear that these forces have actually been associated with a deceleration of economic activity in much of the developed world, a continuing implosion in vast areas of the developing world including the continent of Africa, and a dramatic downslide in what had hitherto been the most dynamic segment of the world economy – East and Southeast Asia.

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