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Why Ethnic Parties Succeed : patronage and ethnic head counts in India

Author: Kanchan Chandra
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Series: Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Offering a first theory on the performance of ethnic political parties as a distinct phenomenon, this study examines India as a case study of a 'patronage democracy', in which policies are suited to the potential voter rather than encompassing a distinct ideology or policy platform.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kanchan Chandra
ISBN: 9780521891417 0521891418
OCLC Number: 150387659
Notes: Previously published in 2004.
Description: xxi, 343 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Responsibility: Kanchan Chandra.

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