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Political Cultures in South Asia
This project is part of an international joint research programme which envisions new anthropological strategies to study ideas and practices of democracy and popular politics cross-culturally. By focusing on the legal and economic aspects of local cultures of popular sovereignty in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal it complements research currently conducted by the programme on leadership, law and order and democratic legitimacy in South Asia (AISMA - FP7-Ideas-ERC). More specifically the topics to be researched in six ethnographic settings relate to 'cultures of litigiousness' - political ethnographies in the courts - and 'business cultures' and politics. The project will generate new empirical data and will integrate case-specific knowledge into a cross-regional framework. Central to the research is the production of policy relevant research in the fields of democracy, development and security in collaboration with the Department for International Development (DFID).