Democracy Without Associations Transformation of the Party System and Social Cleavages in India

ISBN-10: 0472088270

ISBN-13: 9780472088270

Edition: 2001

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India's party system has undergone a profound transformation over the last decade. The Congress Party, a catch-all party that brought independence in 1947 and governed India for much of the period since then, no longer dominates the electoral scene. Political parties which draw support from particular caste and religious groups are now more powerful than ever before. Democracy Without Associations explains why religious and caste-based political parties come to dominate the electoral landscape in 1990s India and why catch-all parties have declined. Arguing that political parties and state policy can make some social divisions more salient than others and also determine how these divisions affect the political system, the author offers an explanation for the relationship between electoral competition and the politicization of social differences in India. He notes that the relationship between social cleavages and the party system is not axiomatic and that political parties can influence the links they have to social cleavages. The argument developed for India is also used to account for emergence of class-based parties in Spain and the electoral success of a religious party in Algeria. Democracy Without Associations will interest scholars and students of Indian politics, and party politics, as well as those interested in the impact of social divisions on the political system. Pradeep K. Chhibber is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Associate Director, Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan.
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 7/30/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
List of Figures
List of Tables
State Structures, Associational Life, and the Social Basis of Party Systems
Central, State, and Local Governments in India
Electoral Laws, Associations, and the Organization of the Catchall Congress Party
Electoral Competition and the Growth of Central Intervention in the States
Building Coalitions in the Indian States
From a Catchall to a Cleavage-Based Party System in an Indian State: Uttar Pradesh
State Policy, Party Politics, and the Rise of the BJP
The Centrality of Parties to Indian Politics: The Politics of Economic Reform and Collective Violence
Forming Links between Social Cleavages and Party Systems: Algeria and Spain
Conclusion: Rethinking Party Systems and Social Cleavages
Appendixes
Notes
References
Index
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