Both India and China have experienced economic changes that have generated new challenges for local institutions. This volume closely studies the resultant grass-roots political experiences in these countries from an interdisciplinary perspective. It examines the process of democratization and highlights the growing demands for participation and the complex power structures interjecting them.

The contributors to this volume discuss issues relating to institutional structures and the dynamics of local governance in a changing socio-economic environment. In addition to the political economy of rural areas, they also focus on the role of gender, ethnicity, and religion in local political processes.

Key Features

Outlines how institutional innovation has evolved in both countries; Highlights the impact of the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution (in India) and the Organic Law (in China) in facilitating political participation; Investigates how far the new democratic processes have reduced ethnic subordination, caste hierarchy, and gender injustice at the village level

Comprising individual case studies as well as comparative perspectives, this pioneering volume raises new issues of institution-building and socio-economic change vis-à-vis the right to participate. It will be of particular interest to political scientists, sociologists, and social activists.

Social Change and the Development of Democracy in Local Governance in Tibet

Social Change and the Development of Democracy in Local Governance in Tibet

Social change and the development of democracy in local governance in Tibet

Social Change and Tibet's Local Governance Organisations

The local governance organisations in Tibet have experienced four main historical periods, in accordance with the changes in society:

  • 1951–59, that is, from the signing of the Agreement of the Central People's Government and the Local Government of Tibet on Measures for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet to the democratic reform (many scholars, in fact, further divide this period into two periods, namely 1951–56 and 1956–59);
  • 1959–66, that is, from the democratic reform of Tibet to the Cultural Revolution;
  • 1966–80, that is, from the period of the people's commune to the beginning of reforms and opening ...
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