Book Launch: Constitutional Resilience in South Asia, edited by Tarunabh Khaitan, Dinesha Samararatne, and Swati Jhaveri (Hart Publishing 2023)
Akshay Mangla (Saïd Business School, Oxford)
About the book:
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 relatively well known 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 (such as electoral commissions), 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, and some examine the resilience of constitutional institutions against democratic erosion.
Tarunabh Khaitan: Professor of Public Law and Legal Theory, and Head of Research in the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford
Yasser Kureshi: Department Lecturer in South Asian Studies, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford
Akshay Mangla: Associate Professor in International Business, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
Leah Trueblood: Career Development Fellow at Worcester College and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford.
Paul Yowell: Associate Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford.