Democratic Constitutionalism in India and the European Union
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Democratic Constitutionalism in India and the European Union

Comparing the Law of Democracy in Continental Polities

Edited by Philipp Dann and Arun K. Thiruvengadam

Comparing the structures and challenges of democratic constitutionalism in India and the European Union, this book explores how democracy is possible within vastly diverse societies of continental scale, and why a constitutional framework is best able to secure the ideals of collective autonomy and individual dignity. It contributes to an emerging comparative discussion on structures of power, separation of powers and a comparative law of democracy, which has long been neglected in comparative constitutional studies.
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Chapter 5: Electoral systems and representation

Aditi and Jelena von Achenbach


The paper explores the issue of electoral representation in heterogeneous socio-political contexts of India and the EU, identifying and evaluating common questions of formal and substantive issues of parliamentary representation. The first part of the paper looks at the electoral framework, and engages with the formal concept of ‘one man, one vote’, and the extent to which it manifests in both the electoral systems. The second part of the paper brings forth questions of substantive representations of diverse identities, and the measures taken in both systems to deal with this challenge. The paper engages with the political complexities of heterogeneous identities and diversity within the polity, thereby fostering a better understanding of the challenges of democratic representation in both the contexts. The comparative analysis in this wider backdrop allows for insights regarding how to foster resilient democratic linkages and fair and pluralistic representation of the people.

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