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Democratic Dynasties
State, Party, and Family in Contemporary Indian Politics

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Kanchan Chandra, Lloyd I. Rudolph, Susanne H. Rudolph, Francesca Jensenius, Adam Ziegfeld, Amrita Basu, Simon Chauchard, Anjali Thomas Bohlken
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  • Date Published: April 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107123441

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  • Dynastic politics, usually presumed to be the antithesis of democracy, is a routine aspect of politics in many modern democracies. This book introduces a new theoretical perspective on dynasticism in democracies, using original data on twenty-first-century Indian parliaments. It argues that the roots of dynastic politics lie at least in part in modern democratic institutions - states and parties - which give political families a leg-up in the electoral process. It also proposes a rethinking of the view that dynastic politics is a violation of democracy, showing that it can also reinforce some aspects of democracy while violating others. Finally, this book suggests that both reinforcement and violation are the products, not of some property intrinsic to political dynasties, but of the institutional environment from which those dynasties emerge.

    • The first book-length study of dynastic politics in modern democracies
    • Offers a new perspective on how dynasties develop and why they matter
    • Uses original data from twenty-first-century Indian parliaments to introduce a new theoretical perspective on dynasticism in democracies
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book delves into dynasticism in Indian politics, sometimes to surprising effect. In so doing it sets the stage for future work in the area. A valuable addition to the active literature on political dynasties."
    Ernesto dal Bó, University of California, Berkeley

    "This path-breaking book brings together a wealth of original data and acute analysis to unsettle our assumptions about dynastic politics, and shows how dynasty can sometimes strengthen democracy by furthering the inclusion of disadvantaged groups."
    Niraja Gopal Jayal, Jawaharlal Nehru University

    "This rich collection takes us deep into the complexities surrounding dynasticism in Indian politics. Ambiguities are embraced and explained. Shrewdly formulated questions yield perceptive, sometimes surprising answers. This is a book of great value."
    James Manor, School of Advanced Study, University of London

    "This volume makes an important and timely contribution to an emerging literature on dynasties in democracies. Using new data on the family ties of politicians, the chapters offer a range of fresh insights into how dynasties shape contemporary Indian politics."
    Daniel M. Smith, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107123441
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 43 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue Kanchan Chandra
    1. Democratic dynasties: state, party and family in contemporary Indian politics Kanchan Chandra
    2. The 'old regime' confronts democracy Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne H. Rudolph
    3. A sign of backwardness? Where dynastic leaders are elected in India Francesca Jensenius
    4. Dynasticism across Indian political parties Adam Ziegfeld
    5. Women, dynasties and democracy in India Amrita Basu
    6. Reservations and dynastic politics Simon Chauchard
    7. Why forward castes have a dynastic advantage: dynasty, party and co-ethnic favouritism Kanchan Chandra
    8. Dynastic path to power Anjali Thomas Bohlken
    Appendix
    Index.

  • Editor

    Kanchan Chandra, New York University
    Kanchan Chandra is Professor of Politics at New York University. She is lead author of Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics (2012), author of Why Ethnic Parties Succeed: Patronage and Ethnic Headcounts in India (2004), and has written articles for several leading journals. Her work has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Princeton Program on Democracy and Development, the Carnegie and Guggenheim Foundations, the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University, Connecticut, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.

    Contributors

    Kanchan Chandra, Lloyd I. Rudolph, Susanne H. Rudolph, Francesca Jensenius, Adam Ziegfeld, Amrita Basu, Simon Chauchard, Anjali Thomas Bohlken

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