chapter  5
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Citizen as a problem figure for governance

The previous chapters should help us to understand why any thinking on governance has led to ideas of self-government, self-governance and government of the self. Yet the union or the combination of self and government has not been easy. To be truthful, the relation has been always tense and uncertain. To consider the self as an object to be governed has been a dream of moralists and philosophers, but in politics the problem has been like a nightmare. As the preceding account of the ideas of Jayaprakash Narayan showed, the persistent questions have been: How does one define self-government? How does one define self? What is the relation between democracy, governance and the self? In other words, how do we link the issue of autonomy of politics and governance?