Minimal democratic audit of Islamic and other identitarian regimes

Ajay Kumar Raina

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    Empirical evidence overwhelmingly shows that democracy in Muslim societies is poorly institutionalized. Many scholars of democratization studies critique that the methodology of Western institutions that audit democracy and freedoms worldwide employs normative metrics which are insensitive to cultural particularisms and thus biased. This paper presents a minimal framework for democratic audit of electoral Islamic regimes that while being normative, answers to this criticism. It is also shown to be in the self-interest of modernizing elites in such regimes. This framework is premised on the transference of the burden of legitimacy from majority consent to minority concern by basing itself on the substantive political equality proviso of Dahl. This is achieved without constraining the democratic capacity of the majority. Structured as a guarantee of rights and two guarantees of justice in a system of fairness, the framework can be used for democratic audit of a much larger set of electoral regimes. (c) 2015 Taylor Francis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)451 - 467
    Number of pages17
    JournalContemporary Politics
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • democracy
    • democratization
    • equality
    • identity
    • Islamic regimes
    • minorities

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