Culture, Democracy and Development

UCLA Working Paper No. 783

29 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 1999

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Deepak Lal

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Department of Economics; University College London

Date Written: April 1998


This paper critically examines the fears of India's cultural nationalists that globalisation will undermine ancient and cherished ways of life, by distinguishing between modernisation and Westernisation. It argues that accepting the material beliefs of the West, which is essential for modernisation, does not necessitate acceptance of its cosmological beliefs entailing Westernisation.

JEL Classification: P16, Z1, O1, O53

Suggested Citation

Lal, Deepak K., Culture, Democracy and Development (April 1998). UCLA Working Paper No. 783, Available at SSRN: or

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