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The Promise of Power: The Origins of Democracy in India and Autocracy in Pakistan | Maya Tudor, Oxford

October 4, 2013

Please join us to hear Maya Tudor, lecturer at Oxford University, in the second of six lectures for this year's Brown-Harvard-MIT South Asian Politics Seminar.

Under what conditions are some developing countries able to create stable democracies while others are perpetually prone to instability and authoritarianism? Despite broadly similar historical and political legacies, India's and Pakistan's regimes diverged radically after independence. Maya Tudor draws from her recent book, The Promise of Power, in which she seeks to explain why this occurred through a comparative historical analysis. Drawing on interviews, colonial records and early government documents, Dr. Tudor challenges the prevailing explanations of democratization, which attribute political outcomes directly to low levels of economic development and high levels of inequality. Instead, she suggests that the emergence of a stable democracy in India and an unstable autocracy in Pakistan is best explained by the historically-specific interests of the dominant social group which led each independence movement as well as by the varying strength of the political parties which were created to pursue those interests.

Dr. Maya Tudor is University Lecturer in Government and Public Policy at St. Hilda's College, University of Oxford. She has also worked as a Special Assistant to Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz at the World Bank, at UNICEF, in the United States Senate, and at the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, recently ranked the world’s top NGO. A dual citizen of Germany and the United States, she has lived and worked in Bangladesh, Germany, France, India, Kenya, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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Joukowsky Forum | Watson Institute

Reception to follow