Democratic dynasties: State, party, and family in contemporary Indian politics

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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. The first book-length study of dynastic politics in modern democracies Offers a new perspective on how dynasties develop and why they matter Uses original data from twenty-first-century Indian parliaments to introduce a new theoretical perspective on dynasticism in democracies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages279
ISBN (Electronic)9781316402221
ISBN (Print)9781107123441
StatePublished - Apr 28 2016


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  • Social Sciences(all)

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