South Asia
in Democratization through the looking-glass

In the theorization and general discussion of democratization, South Asia occupies a distinctive space. Directly or indirectly, democratization has been central to the study of South Asian politics over the past few years. Coinciding with the 'third wave', it reflects seismic changes within the governance of South Asian states. These changes embrace some of the followings: the collapse of dominant party systems; the transition from military or monarchical regimes; and domestic demands for political reform. Political consolidation and the effectiveness of the democratic process are likely to remain the key area of research. The impact of international developments is a recurrent theme in the literature on democratization in South Asia. The chapter reviews constraints on the democratization in South Asia. The development of new communications technologies eroded the strict control on political communications that had been a characteristic feature of South Asian states.

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