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Author Bagchi, Sarthak, author

Title An ethnographic exploration of clientelistic politics in India / Sarthak Bagchi
Published London : SAGE Publications Ltd, 2019
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SAGE Research Methods. Cases
Summary Studies on elections and voting behavior in India usually focus on statistics and survey research to understand the results and trends in politics. In this research case study, I use ethnography as a method to explore and analyze clientelistic politics in the context of elections. Through comparative ethnographic approach, I try to explore the changing forms of clientelistic politics in India. Through extensive fieldwork in two regions, I try to compare the similarities and differences in the evolution of clientelistic politics in India. I use various research tools like interviews, open-ended discussions, participant observations, shadowing candidates, and local-level leaders to explore the complex narrative of clientelistic vote mobilization lurking in the informal stretches of election campaigns. Through this research methods case, I explain and justify the need for using comparative ethnography as a method best suited for systematically studying clientelistic politics in India
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Elections -- India -- Case studies
Patron and client -- Political aspects -- India -- Case studies
Political anthropology -- India -- Case studies
Voting research -- Case studies
Voting -- India -- Case studies
Political anthropology.
Voting research.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526497441