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Democracy and Social Change in India
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Democracy and Social Change in India
A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the National Electorate

First Edition

August 1999 | 340 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
`The authors succeed in presenting very detailed findings from a post-election study of the electorate using a theoretical approach that accounts for the most worrying phenomena in contemporary Indian politics' - John Hickman, Contemporary South Asia

Drawing on a 1996 nationwide post-election survey of 10,000 people, this book analyzes the process and progress of democratization in India. It begins with a discussion of some of the major schools of thought in the area of social change. This is followed by a description of the survey findings on how Indians view their state, how they judge those who govern them and how they understand their society. The authors provide an important analysis of the findings, providing answers to questions such as:

- are there generational differences in the views expressed?

- does the rhetoric of regionalization find resonance in the views of the people surveyed?

- is India truly a nation or merely an accidental geographical assemblage of separate communities?

Using innovative statistical analysis, the authors explore the relative success of Indian democracy in coping with the processes of modernization and social change.


 
Introduction
Competing Paradigms of Politics and Social Change in India  
 
Continuity and Change in Indian Politics
A Cohort Analysis of the Electorate  
 
The Limits of Consensus
A Profile of the Electorate  
 
Political Competition, Social Change and Transformation of the Party System
 
The Dialectics of Nation and Region in Indian Politics
 
Poverty, Economic Policy and Social Opportunity in India
 
Community, Conflict and Local Democracy
Patterns of Regional Variation  
 
Conclusion
Social Change and the Resilience of Democracy in India  

`The authors succeed in presenting very detailed findings from a post-election study of the electorate using a theoretical approach that accounts for the most worrying phenomena in contemporary Indian politics' - John Hickman, Contemporary South Asia


"Mitra and Singh provide an indispensable guide to the patterns, the variety, and the complex dynamics that characterize the surprisingly democratic Indian electorate." 

G. Bingham Powell, Jr.
University of Rochester, New York

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ISBN: 9780761993445
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