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Clients and constituents : political responsiveness in patronage democracies

Author: Jennifer Bussell
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Series: Modern South Asia series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Existing work suggests that legislators in countries like India should spend little time engaging with individual citizens and, if they do, should focus their attention on co-partisans. Yet, there is anecdotal evidence that these politicians actually spend substantial time assisting individual citizens with access to basic state services. In this book, I show that helping individual voters is a key part of these  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bussell, Jennifer, 1975- author.
Clients and constituents
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2019012888
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Bussell
ISBN: 9780190945398 0190945397 9780190945404 0190945400 9780190945411 0190945419 9780190945428 0190945427
OCLC Number: 1080546057
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2020 Giovanni Sartori Prize for Best Book from the Qualitative and Multi-Method Research Section of the American Political Science Association.
Description: xvi, 369 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: representation, distribution, and constituency service --
Political responsiveness in a patronage democracy --
The provision of constituency service --
Clients or constituents? A theory of assistance in patronage democracies --
Access to services in a patronage democracy: the case of india --
Partisan targeting and local distributive politics --
Local blocking and appeals for assistance --
Partisanship, the personal vote, and constituency service --
Which politicians respond? --
When is responsiveness partisan bias? --
Constituency service in comparative perspective --
Constrained accountability in patronage democracies.
Series Title: Modern South Asia series.
Other Titles: Political responsiveness in patronage democracies
Responsibility: Jennifer Bussell.

Abstract:

"Existing work suggests that legislators in countries like India should spend little time engaging with individual citizens and, if they do, should focus their attention on co-partisans. Yet, there is anecdotal evidence that these politicians actually spend substantial time assisting individual citizens with access to basic state services. In this book, I show that helping individual voters is a key part of these representatives' activities and that, in contrast with existing expectations, they do not generally discriminate against their non-copartisans in providing assistance. Yet, this constituency service differs from that observed in Western democracies, as it arises from the partisan nature of distribution at the local level. Thus, Indian politicians are more accountable to citizens than we previously expected, but this accountability is linked to, and constrained by, the character of patronage-based politics"--

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