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Social Justice through InclusionThe Consequences of Electoral Quotas in India$
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Francesca R. Jensenius

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190646608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190646608.001.0001

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Status and Recognition

Status and Recognition

(p.146) Chapter 7 Status and Recognition
Social Justice through Inclusion

Francesca R. Jensenius

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 inquires into the status and recognition of India’s new SC elite: the socioeconomic profile of SC politicians compared to other politicians, and their relationship to other elites and to their voters. SC politicians used to have significantly less formal education than other politicians, but that is no longer the case. However, SCs tend to be less wealthy than other politicians, less likely to have a criminal record, and seem to be perceived as less “glamorous.” Interview evidence indicates that while SC politicians still face some discrimination, factors like power, education, and money have served to reduce this caste bias. Further, voters generally seem to evaluate SC politicians similarly to other politicians; and voters who had lived in a reserved constituency for a long time were slightly more likely to evaluate SC politicians positively.

Keywords:   Scheduled Castes, Dalits, India, quotas, reservations, status, education, recognition, caste bias, Uttar Pradesh

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