Why Ethnic Parties Succeed: Patronage and Ethnic Head Counts in India / Edition 1

Why Ethnic Parties Succeed: Patronage and Ethnic Head Counts in India / Edition 1

by Kanchan Chandra
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521891418

ISBN-13: 9780521891417

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Drawing on a study of variation in the performance of four ethnic parties in India, this book develops a theory of ethnic party performance in "patronage democracies"—a family of democracies with distinct patterns of political behavior as well as a new interpretation of Indian democracy. Demonstrating the connection between India's state-dominated economy and

Overview

Drawing on a study of variation in the performance of four ethnic parties in India, this book develops a theory of ethnic party performance in "patronage democracies"—a family of democracies with distinct patterns of political behavior as well as a new interpretation of Indian democracy. Demonstrating the connection between India's state-dominated economy and the behavior of its voters and politicians, it includes an extensive study of the Bahujan Samaj Party and contemporary ethnic politics in India.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521891417
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of maps; figures, and tables; List of abbreviations; A note on terminology; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; Part I. Theory: 2. Limited information and ethnic categorization; 3. Patronage-democracy, limited information and ethnic favouritism; 4. Counting heads: why ethnic parties succeed in patronage-democracies; 5. Why parties have different ethnic head counts: party organization and elite incorporation; Part II. Data: 6. India as a patronage-democracy; 7. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Scheduled Castes (SCs); 8. Why SC elites join the BSP; 9. Why SC voters prefer the BSP; 10. Why SC voter preferences translate into BSP votes; 11. Explaining different head counts in the BSP and congress; 12. Extending the argument to other ethnic parties in India: the BJP, the DMK and the JMM; 13. Ethnic head counts and democratic stability; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

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