Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India

31 December 2018

Pradeep K Chhibber and Rahul Verma

In this book, the political scientists Pradeep Chhibber and Rahul Verma—respectively, a professor and a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley—reject the traditional view that Indian politics is defined by a patron–client relationship between politicians and their voters. Instead, they argue, ideology plays a key role, even if the Western understanding of the term does not apply. As they see it, the contours of ideological struggle in multi-ethnic states such as India are centred on the reach and purpose of the state, as well as the place of marginalised groups in society.

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