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The Rise of Caste Politics: Party System Change and Voter Realignment, 1962–2004

OLIVER HEATH and YOGENDRA YADAV

in Diversity and Change in Modern India

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264515
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734403 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264515.003.0008

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Rise of Caste Politics: Party System Change and Voter Realignment, 1962–2004

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This chapter explores the relationship formed between the social structure of India and its contemporary patterns. It tries to show how this relates to the theories of social cleavage alignment, and examines change in the cleavage structure of party competition. The chapter also discusses how different contemporary patterns of political conflict in India are from those of the past.

Keywords: social structure; India; social cleavage alignment; cleavage structure; party competition; political conflict

Chapter.  10630 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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