Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics
Adam Ziegfeld, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
Today, regional parties in India win nearly as many votes as national parties. Ziegfeld questions the conventional wisdom that regional parties in India are electorally successful because they harness popular grievances and benefit from strong regional identities. Rather, in democracies where patronage, vote buying, and electoral handouts are common, regional parties are successful because they represent expedient options for office-seeking politicians.
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