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Author Kenny, Paul D.,
Title Populism and patronage : why populists win elections in India, Asia, and beyond / Paul D. Kenny.
Imprint Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017.

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Subject Populism.
Patronage, Political.
Populism -- India.
Patronage, Political -- India.
Description 1 online resource
Summary Populist rule is bad for democracy, yet in country after country, populists are being voted into office. Populism and Patronage shows that the populists such as Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi win elections when the institutionalized ties between non-populist parties and voters decay. Yet, the explanations for this decay differ across different types of party system. Populism and Patronage focuses on the particular vulnerability of patronage-based party systems to populism. Patronage-based systems are ones in which parties depend on the distribution of patronage through a network of brokers to mobilize voters. Drawing on principal agent theory and social network theory, this book argues that an increase in broker autonomy weakens the ties between patronage parties and voters, making the latter available for direct mobilization by populists. Decentralization is thus a major factor behind populist success in patronage democracies. Populists exploit the breakdown in national patronage networks by connecting directly with the people through the media and mass rallies, avoiding or minimizing the use of deeply institutionalized party structures. Mrs Gandhi herself famously promised to go zonce more direct to the peopley in her populist election campaign of 1971. This book not only reinterprets the recurrent appeal of populism in India, but also offers a more general theory of populist electoral support that is tested using qualitative and quantitative data on cases from across Asia and around the world, including Indonesia, Japan, Venezuela, and Peru.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780191845673 (electronic bk.)
0191845671 (electronic bk.)
9780192535115 (electronic bk.)
0192535110 (electronic bk.)
9780198807872
0198807872
OCLC # 988170021
Additional Format Print version: 9780198807872 0198807872 (OCoLC)983824497