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Author Chandra, Kanchan, 1971-
Title Why ethnic parties succeed : patronage and ethnic head counts in India / Kanchan Chandra.
Imprint Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Author Chandra, Kanchan, 1971-
Series Cambridge studies in comparative politics
Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Subject Political parties -- India.
Minorities -- Political activity -- India.
Patronage, Political -- India.
India -- Ethnic relations -- Political aspects.
Description 1 online resource (xxi, 343 pages) : illustrations.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-335) and index.
Summary Why do some ethnic parties succeed in attracting the support of their target ethnic group while others fail? In a world in which ethnic parties flourish in both established and emerging democracies alike, understanding the conditions under which such parties rise and fall is of critical importance to both political scientists and policy makers. Drawing on a study of variation in the performance of ethnic parties in India, this book builds a theory of ethnic party performance in 'patronage democracies'. Chandra shows why individual voters and political entrepreneurs in such democracies condition their strategies not on party ideologies or policy platforms, but on a headcount of co-ethnics and others across party personnel and among the electorate.
Contents 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 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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781108585453 (electronic bk.)
1108585450 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1039718732
Additional Format Print version: Chandra, Kanchan, 1971- Why ethnic parties succeed. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004 0521814529 (DLC) 2003048458 (OCoLC)51978069

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