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Global Governance, Civil Society and Participatory Democracy: A View from Below Nigel Martin & Rajesh Tandon Academic Foundation R795 Pp 188 In order to democratise governance at the global level, it is imperative to ensure that the voices of ordinary citizens, especially the most excluded, are heard and acted upon. What forms of direct citizen […]

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Global Governance, Civil Society and Participatory Democracy: A View from Below
Nigel Martin & Rajesh Tandon
Academic Foundation
R795
Pp 188

In order to democratise governance at the global level, it is imperative to ensure that the voices of ordinary citizens, especially the most excluded, are heard and acted upon. What forms of direct citizen engagement in the arenas, platforms and mechanisms of global governance can promote this? What mechanisms of democratic accountability can be enabled to make representative forms of global governance institutions accountable to the citizens of their own countries? The book answers these questions.

Aadhaar: Gender, Identity and Development
Govind Kelkar, Dev Nathan,
E Revathi, Swati Sain Gupta
Academic Foundation
R795
Pp 110

In 2006, the government of India promoted Aadhaar, a biometric identification system, which has now reached 650 million people. The aim of the scheme was to establish a biometric registry to provide a unique identity to all individuals, women and men, in the country. It was expected that this biometric identity would help poor women and men establish their identities so as to access various benefits provided by the government. This volume explores whether Aadhaar would be able to help poor women establish their identity and, through that, secure their entitlements due in various schemes of the government.

Discontent and
Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London
Mohsin Hamid
Penguin
R399
Pp 188

A ‘water lily’ who has called three countries on three continents his home— Pakistan, the birthplace to which he returned as a young father; the United States, where he spent his childhood and young adulthood; and Britain, where he married and became a citizen—Hamid writes about overlapping worlds with fluidity and penetrating insight. Whether he is discussing courtship rituals or pop culture, drones or the rhythms of daily life in an extended family compound, he transports us beyond the scarifying headlines of an anxious West and a volatile East, beyond stereotype and assumption.

 

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