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A left front election

Banerjee, Mukulika (2010) A left front election. In: Heath, Anthony and Jeffery, Roger, (eds.) Diversity and Change in Modern India: Economic, Social and Political Approaches. Proceedings of the British Academy (159). OUP/ British Academy, Oxford, UK, pp. 243-266. ISBN 9780197264515

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This chapter provides an electoral ethnography of a campaign in the state of West Bengal. The uniquely continuous electoral victories of the Left Front since 1977 in this eastern state of India throws up the puzzle of how a coalition of parties has achieved this feat in a country where incumbent governments repeatedly suffer electoral defeats. A thick ethnographic description of the campaigning process, tracing the numerous techniques, organisational hierarchies and political messages at every level of the state’s population, provides some answers to this conundrum.

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Additional Information: © 2010 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2011 10:44
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2021 02:22

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