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Working a Democratic ConstitutionA History of the Indian Experience$
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Granville Austin

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195656107

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195656107.001.0001

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Terminology and Its Perils

Terminology and Its Perils

(p.555) Chapter 27 Terminology and Its Perils
Working a Democratic Constitution

Granville Austin

Oxford University Press

‘Federalism’ is an idea and a set of practices, the variety of which depends upon the goals of the citizenry and its leaders, the consequent definition of the term, and the conditions present in the would-be federation. This portion of the book gathers together the themes and issues on these topics from previous chapters to explore how ideas, intentions, and practices under the Constitution have combined in the working of the country's particular variety of federalism. This chapter considers the definitions given to the words ‘unity and integrity’ and to ‘federalism’ and then provides an overview of the phases through which centre-state relations have gone during the period of this book. It also examines the Nehru years, Indira Gandhi years, and the Janata years.

Keywords:   Indian Constitution, federalism, Indira Gandhi, Nehru, centre-state relations, Janata

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