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Why Ethnic Parties Succeed Patronage and Ethnic Head Counts in India

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ISBN-10: 0521814529

ISBN-13: 9780521814522

Edition: 2004

Authors: Kanchan Chandra, Robert H. Bates, Ellen Comisso, Peter Lange, Joel Migdal

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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.
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Book details

List price: $129.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/22/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

List of maps
figures, and tables
List of abbreviations
A note on terminology
Limited information and ethnic categorization
Patronage-democracy, limited information, and ethnic favouritism
Counting heads: why ethnic parties succeed in patronage-democracies
Why parties have different ethnic head counts: party organization and elite incorporation
India as a patronage-democracy
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the scheduled castes (SCs)
Why SC elites join the BSP
Why SC voters prefer the BSP
Why SC voter preferences translate into BSP votes
Explaining different head counts in the BSP and congress
Extending the argument to other ethnic parties in India: the BJP, the DMK and the JMM
Ethnic head counts and democratic stability