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Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond

Paul D. Kenny


Populist rule is bad for democracy, yet in country after country, populists are being voted into office. Populism and Patronage shows that the populists such as Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi win elections when the institutionalized ties between non-populist parties and voters decay. Yet, the explanations for this decay differ across different types of party system. Populism and Patronage focuses on the particular vulnerability of patronage-based party systems to populism. Patronage-based systems are ones in which parties depend on the distribution of patronage through a network of brokers to ... More

Keywords: populism, patronage, clientelism, India, party systems, decentralization, Asia, principal agent problem, social network theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807872
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul D. Kenny, author
Research Fellow in Indian Political and Social Change, Australian National University