Parties and Political Change in South Asia

Parties and Political Change in South Asia

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Over the past seven decades and more, political parties have become an essential feature of the political landscape of the South Asian subcontinent, serving both as a conduit and product of the tumultuous change the region has experienced. Yet they have not been the focus of sustained scholarly attention. This collection focuses on different aspects of how major parties have been agents of - and subject to - change in three South Asian states (India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), examining some of the apparent paradoxes of politics in the subcontinent and covering issues such as gender, religion, patronage, clientelism, political recruitment and democratic regression. Recurring themes are the importance of personalities (and the corresponding neglect of institutionalisation) and the lack of pluralism in intraparty affairs, factors that render parties and political systems vulnerable to degeneration. This book was published as a special issue of Commonwealth and Comparative more

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  • Hardback | 204 pages
  • 164 x 242 x 19mm | 441.99g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 113882156X
  • 9781138821569

About James Chiriyankandath

James Chiriyankandath is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, and Co-Editor of the journal Commonwealth & Comparative Politics. Having previously worked at the universities of Hull, London Guildhall and London Metropolitan, he has taught, researched and published on the politics of South Asia (especially India) for over two more

Table of contents

1. Parties and political change in South Asia  James Chiriyankandath2. Losing the connection: party-voter linkages in Pakistan Shandana Khan Mohmand3. Elite formation within a political party: the case of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam C. Manikandan and Andrew Wyatt4. Class, nation and religion: changing nature of Akali Dal politics in Punjab, India  Pritam Singh5. Incumbency, internal processes and renomination in Indian parties  A. Farooqui and E. Sridharan6. Women candidates and party nomination trends in India â evidence from the 2009 general election  Carole Spary7. Parties, political decay, and democratic regression in Sri Lanka  Neil DeVotta8. Elite patronage over party democracy â high politics in Sri Lanka following independence  H. Kumarasinghamshow more