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Anxieties of Democracy: Tocquevillean Reflections on India and the United States

Partha Chatterjee and Ira Katznelson


Alexis de Tocqueville published his famous study of the United States at a time when modern democracy was still quite young. His study of democratic institutions in the United States, as well as his comparative reflections on political institutions in France, is based on detailed empirical evidence drawn from long and arduous fieldwork using a variety of textual and oral methods. Tocqueville also relied on theoretical work seeking to draw sustainable formulations belonging to a general comparative order while respecting the historical specificities of each institutional form. Using as its basi ... More

Keywords: Alexis de Tocqueville, United States, democracy, India, equality, religion, citizenship, capitalism, minorities, Jews

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198077473
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077473.001.0001


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Partha Chatterjee, editor

Ira Katznelson, editor

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