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Jhaveri, Swati , Tarunabh Khaitan , and Dinesha Samararatne , ed. Constitutional Resilience in South Asia. Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2023.


South Asia has had a tumultuous and varied experience with constitutional democracy that predates the recent rise in populism (and its study) in established democracies. And yet, this region has remained largely ignored by constitutional studies and democracy scholars.

This book addresses this gap and presents a contribution to the South Asia-centric literature on the topic of the stability and resilience of constitutional democracies. Chapters deal not only with more extensively covered South Asian countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, but also with countries often ignored by scholars, such as Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Afghanistan.

The contributions consider the design and functioning of an array of institutions and actors, including political parties, legislatures, the political executive, the bureaucracy, courts, fourth branch/guarantor institutions, the people and the military, to examine their roles in strengthening or undermining constitutional democracy across South Asia. Each chapter offers a contextual and jurisdictionally-tethered account of the causes behind the erosion of constitutional democracy, with some examining the resilience of constitutional institutions against democratic erosion.

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