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Votes and Violence
Electoral Competition and Ethnic Riots in India

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521536059

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  • Revealing why Hindu-Muslim riots in India break out when and where they do, Steven Wilkinson demonstrates why some state governments in India prevent Hindu-Muslim riots while others do not or even help to incite violence. Wilkinson asserts that riots are manipulated to help win elections, and that state governments decide whether to stop them--depending on electoral calculations concerning the loss or gain of votes. He tests this claim using a dataset on riots and their causes as well as case studies of several Indian states.

    • One of the first systematic tests of a theory of ethnic riots, using an unparalleled dataset on riots, and the political and socio-economic factors alleged to cause them.
    • Explains when and where Hindu-Muslim violence takes place in contemporary India
    • Develops general model of riots that can be applied to non-Indian cases, with examples from Romania, Ireland and Malaysia
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Wilkinson's sophisticated methodological approach to the study of ethnic violence...has enhanced understanding of ethnic violence. The book will be of great interest to decision makers, comparative politics researchers, and area specialists. Highly recommended." S.A. Kochanek, emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus, CHOICE

    "Steven Wilkinson's ambitious new volume makes an important contribution by precisely specifying the conditions under which democratic competition will transform ethnic differences into violent conflict and those under which it will peacefully accomodate them. It is arguably the best book written on the causes of Hindu-Muslim violence in India. Its broader contribution to the literature of ethnic conflict makes it essential reading for anyone interested in this issue." Political Science Quarterly, John Echeverri-Gent, University of Virginia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521536059
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 148 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.476kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 5 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    1. The electoral incentives for ethnic violence
    2. Explaining town-level variation in Hindu-Muslim violence
    3. State capacity explanations for Hindu-Muslim violence
    4. The consociational explanation for Hindu-Muslim violence
    5. The electoral incentives for Hindu-Muslim violence
    6. Party competition and Hindu-Muslim violence
    7. The electoral incentives for ethnic violence in comparative perspective
    8. Democracy and ethnic violence

  • Author

    Steven I. Wilkinson, Department of Political Science, Yale University, Connecticut
    Steven I. Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India and South Asia and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale University. Votes and Violence: Electoral Competition and Ethnic Riots in India was co-winner of the American Political Science Association's 2005 Woodrow Wilson Foundation prize. He is currently researching the links between colonial inheritances and post-independence levels of democracy, governance and conflict.

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