Elite Parties, Poor Voters: How Social Services Win Votes in India

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Why do poor people often vote against their material interests? This puzzle has been famously studied within wealthy Western democracies, yet the fact that the poor voter paradox also routinely manifests within poor countries has remained unexplored. This book studies how this paradox emerged in India, the world's largest democracy. Tariq Thachil shows how arguments from studies of wealthy democracies (such as moral values voting) and the global south (such as patronage or ethnic appeals) cannot explain why poor voters in ...

Elite Parties, Poor Voters: How Social Services Win Votes in India 2016, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107678446

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Elite Parties, Poor Voters: How Social Services Win Votes in India 2014, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107070080

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