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Author Bussell, Jennifer, 1975-
Title Clients and constituents : political responsiveness in patronage democracies / Jennifer Bussell.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]

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Series Modern South Asia.
Modern South Asia series.
Subject Patronage, Political -- India.
Patron and client -- India.
Democracy -- India.
India -- Politics and government.
Description 1 online resource.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 20, 2019).
ISBN 9780190945428 electronic book
0190945427 electronic book
9780190945435 electronic book
0190945435 electronic book
9780190945411 electronic book
0190945419 electronic book
9780190945398 hardcover alkaline paper
OCLC # 1090279903
Additional Format Print version: Bussell, Jennifer, 1975- author. Clients and constituents New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019] 9780190945398 (DLC) 2018048645.