Populism And Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections …


Populism And Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections In India, Asia, And Beyond
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This book provides a new explanation for why populists are so successful in political systems where vote buying and other such patronage-based practices are common. Decentralisation weakens the network of illicit ties that keep patronage parties in power, which creates the opportunity for populists to appeal directly to the people. The book concentrates on the recurrent appeal of populism in India, but also provides comparative evidence from across Asia and around the world, including Indonesia, Japan, Venezuela, and Peru.

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