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Ideology and Identity: The Changing Party Systems of India

Pradeep K. Chhibber and Rahul Verma


This book challenges the view that party politics and elections in India are far removed from ideas. It claims that a dominant intellectual paradigm of what constitutes an ideology is not entirely applicable to many multiethnic countries in the twentieth century. In these more diverse states, the most important ideological debates center on statism—the extent to which the state should dominate society, regulate social norms, and redistribute private property, and on recognition—whether and how the state should accommodate the needs of various marginalized groups and protect minority rights fro ... More

Keywords: ideology, India, party system, leadership, clientelism, recognition, statism, BJP, congress, regional party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190623876
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190623876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pradeep K. Chhibber, author
Professor of Political Science, University of California - Berkeley

Rahul Verma, author
PhD candidate in Political Science, University of California, Berkeley