Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Twin Births, Divergent Democracies: The Historical Origins of Indian and Pakistani Politics Today

Maya Tudor (University of Oxford)

28 April 2015

Maya Tudor

This talk was presented by Maya Tudor


In this talk Maya Tudor refuted the prevailing notion that a country’s democratization prospects can be directly attributed to its levels of economic development or inequality. Instead, she demonstrated that the differential strengths of India’s and Pakistan’s independence movements directly accounts for their divergent democratization trajectories.

She also established that these movements were initially constructed to pursue historically-conditioned class interests. By illuminating the source of this enduring contrast, the 'Promise of Power' offered a broad theory of democracy’s origins of interest to those ina attendence, scholars and students of comparative politics, democratization, state-building, and South Asian political history.