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The Governance Agenda-Making Democratic Development Dispensable

Democracy and development must be seen as intimately related functioning under similar constraints, and equally subject to political negotiation. Thus for instance, social inequality in India both retards balanced development and distorts the logic of democracy. It is precisely this distorting logic of democracy in an unequal society that necessitates state welfare for the protection of the vulnerable, for the concerns of distributive justice cannot be fulfilled by governance alone. The answer therefore is not to look towards the state but at different ways of approaching and defining democracy and development.

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