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Social Justice through Inclusion: The Consequences of Electoral Quotas in India

Francesca R. Jensenius


India has one of the most extensive quota systems in the world: the reserved seats for the Scheduled Castes (SCs, the former “untouchables”) in the country’s legislative assemblies. Combining evidence from quantitative datasets from the period 1969–2012, archival work, and in-depth interviews with politicians, civil servants, and voters across India, this book explores the long-term effects these quotas have had for the political elite and for the general population. It finds that the quotas have played an important role in reducing caste-based discrimination, particularly at the elite level. ... More

Keywords: Scheduled Castes, Dalits, India, quotas, reservations, electoral design, electoral engineering, institutional design, matching

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190646608
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190646608.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francesca R. Jensenius, author
Senior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs