The origins and consequences of regional parties and subnationalism in India

Diwakar, Rekha (2021) The origins and consequences of regional parties and subnationalism in India. India Review, 20 (1). pp. 68-95. ISSN 1473-6489

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This article explores the origins and consequences of India’s regional parties and subnationalism, focusing and expanding on the key arguments made by Prerna Singh and Adam Ziegfeld in their books. According to Singh, when political leaders promote an inclusive form of subnationalism, it creates a feeling of cohesive solidarity across the region, which helps to achieve superior social welfare outcomes in the Indian states. Ziegfeld provides an elite-centered explanation for the emergence and success of India’s regional parties, and considers Indian politics to be dominated by clientelistic relationships between parties and voters, which leads to delivery of particularistic rather than public goods. The article also discusses two key themes emerging from the books relating to the importance of subnational versus national identity, and the significance of interests versus ideas in shaping Indian politics and public policy. Finally, it identifies future areas for research on regional parties and subnationalism in India.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Clientelism, coalitions, India, regional parties, subnationalism, welfare
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state > JC311 Nationalism. Nation state
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) > JQ0021 Asia > JQ0200 India
Depositing User: Rekha Diwakar
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2020 09:15
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2021 09:15

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