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Civil society is often expected to rise above historical and contemporary socio-economic forces such as the neoliberal economic policy and undertake the transformation of a stratified society to an egalitarian society conducive to democracy. Democracy, Civil Society and Governance is an endeavour to critically examine such expectations. The book focuses on the interplay of democracy, civil society and public policy implementation, and addresses the role of civil society in terms of the changing nature of the economy and the condition of the working class. It highlights the reinforcement of hegemonic value systems by the contemporary mainstream civil society as well as the role of the pro-poor civil society in supporting and mobilizing the disadvantaged for their rights and justice. The book also critically evaluates government ...

Legal Recourse and Collective Struggles of the Subalterns
Legal recourse and collective struggles of the subalterns

The notion of natural or moral rights has emerged through experiences, social practice and discursive discourse, with different meanings in the course of time in different contexts and in different societies. Some of the natural rights continue to remain ethical codes of conduct and principles, and some others, in the course of time, take the form of social customs and/or State-enacted law in the form of legislation and rules. The laws are enforceable. It is the function and prime obligation of the State to implement the laws that it has enacted. It is the core principle of rule of law. The process of lawmaking is embedded in social morality, ...

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