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Description - Democratic Dynasties by Kanchan Chandra

Dynastic politics, usually presumed to be the antithesis of democracy, is a routine aspect of politics in many modern democracies. This book introduces a new theoretical perspective on dynasticism in democracies, using original data on twenty-first-century Indian parliaments. It argues that the roots of dynastic politics lie at least in part in modern democratic institutions - states and parties - which give political families a leg-up in the electoral process. It also proposes a rethinking of the view that dynastic politics is a violation of democracy, showing that it can also reinforce some aspects of democracy while violating others. Finally, this book suggests that both reinforcement and violation are the products, not of some property intrinsic to political dynasties, but of the institutional environment from which those dynasties emerge.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781107123441
ISBN-10: 1107123445
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 302
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Apr-2016
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Kanchan Chandra

Kanchan Chandra is Professor of Politics at New York University. She is lead author of Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics (2012), author of Why Ethnic Parties Succeed: Patronage and Ethnic Headcounts in India (2004), and has written articles for several leading journals. Her work has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Princeton Program on Democracy and Development, the Carnegie and Guggenheim Foundations, the National Science Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University, Connecticut, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.

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Constructivist Theories of Ethnic Politics by Kanchan Chandra
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Why Ethnic Parties Succeed by Kanchan Chandra
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Democratic Dynasties by Kanchan Chandra
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