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The Post-Political and Its DiscontentsSpaces of Depoliticization, Spectres of Radical Politics$
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Japhy Wilson and Erik Swyngedouw

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682973

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682973.001.0001

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The New Development Architecture and the Post-Political in the Global South

The New Development Architecture and the Post-Political in the Global South

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The Post-Political and Its Discontents

Sangeeta Kamat

Edinburgh University Press

The majority of the literature on the post-political is focused on Europe and North America. This chapter draws on the case of India to argue that processes of post-politicisation are equally underway across the Global South. Politics seems to be the stuff of everyday life in India, with its numerous political parties representing every possible ideological hue from nationalist right to communist left; its diverse array of non-governmental organizations; and numerous organizations engaged in struggles for people’s rights. However, this image of a vibrant, dynamic political culture overlays a subtle and discernable shift towards a post-political society. Across a class divide that has only deepened in a ‘globalizing’ India, ideological debates between high growth rates versus sustainable development have all but disappeared from public discourse. The chapter charts the ways in which civil society has gradually been evacuated as a site of radical politics through the growth of the NGO sector, the rise of the ‘new institutional economics’, and the institutionalisation of the ‘self-help’ movement.

Keywords:   Post-politics, Neoliberalism, New institutional economics, Non-governmental organisations, Self-help

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