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Terminology and Its Perils

Granville Austin

in Working a Democratic Constitution

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780195656107
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080397 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195656107.003.0029
Terminology and Its Perils

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‘Federalism’ is an idea and a set of practices, the variety of which depends upon the goals of the citizenry and its leaders, the consequent definition of the term, and the conditions present in the would-be federation. This portion of the book gathers together the themes and issues on these topics from previous chapters to explore how ideas, intentions, and practices under the Constitution have combined in the working of the country's particular variety of federalism. This chapter considers the definitions given to the words ‘unity and integrity’ and to ‘federalism’ and then provides an overview of the phases through which centre-state relations have gone during the period of this book. It also examines the Nehru years, Indira Gandhi years, and the Janata years.

Keywords: Indian Constitution; federalism; Indira Gandhi; Nehru; centre-state relations; Janata

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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