GP-ORF SeriesPublished on Jul 01, 2015
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Promoting Democracy for a Better and Peaceful World: Regional, National and Local Perspectives

The significance of democracy is widely appreciated and its principles have been applied in most parts of the world. But democratic experiences vary greatly. Increasingly, the failure of governments in practising democracy in a fair and equitable manner is leading to tension and conflict between the civil society and the government. This fifth GP-ORF edited volume describes various impediments to democracy at the regional, national and local level, and offers ideas for successfully promoting democracy to achieve the fundamental goal of creating a better and peaceful world.

The publication is based on papers presented by scholars from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Egypt and Germany during a two-day conference organised by ORF with the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in Delhi. It covers the following four themes: New Wave of Democracy in Asia; Contemporary Challenges – is Federalism the Answer?; Democracy at the Grassroots – Rural and Urban Contexts; and Social Media and Democracy.


  • Editorial Introduction – Rumi Aijaz
  • Indigenisation of Democracy in South Asia – Rohit Kumar Nepali
  • New Democratic Patterns in West Asia and the Middle East: Perceptions and Challenges for the Left – Jörg Schultz
  • Democracy and Rising Inequalities in India – Zoya Hasan
  • Space for Federalism: Perspectives from Sri Lanka – Pradeep Peiris
  • What Works is What Matters! An Investigation into Successful Practices of Panchayati Raj Institutions in India – Saurabh Johri
  • The 3C-Model of Grassroots-led Development: Challenges and Prospects of Grassroots Democracy in Rural Egypt – Solava Ibrahim
  • Select Participatory Mechanisms in Turkey: The Urban Context – Korel Göymen
  • Local Politics, Democracy and Participation in Berlin – Katrin Lompscher
  • Networked Societies and Hierarchical States: The Emerging Challenge to Political Order – Nitin Pai and Sneha Shankar
  • Politics of Digitally Mediated Spaces: The Scripted Logic of Inclusion and Exclusion – R. Swaminathan
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Rumi Aijaz

Rumi Aijaz

Rumi Aijaz is Senior Fellow at ORF where he is responsible for the conduct of the Urban Policy Research Initiative. He conceived and designed the ...

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