Politics in India: Incorporation, Inclusion and Exclusion

Room: 
Room 0.25, Law & Politics Building
Time Slot: 
Monday 26th March 09:30 - 11:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Andrew Wyatt (University of Bristol)
Panel Members: 
  • Professor Katharine Adeney (University of Nottingham)
  • Mr Sayan Banerjee (University of Essex)
  • Ms Sarayu Natarajan (King's College London)
  • Dr Wilfried Swenden (University of Edinburgh )
  • Ms Rashmi Singh (University of Cambridge)

The papers in this panel consider how political parties and state institutions in India engage with society.  The accommodation of different social, ethnic and religious groups using formal and informal means of power sharing in India has been debated well.  The electoral success of Hindu nationalist parties and the increasing acceptance of ethnic majoritarianism means this debate needs to be revisited. Political parties make a significant contribution to inter-group relations when they make instrumental use of violence, or threats of violence, to mobilise support.  Alternatively, parties might seek to incorporate voters by offering them services and mediating their requests for state assistance.  Political recruitment is another means of attracting support and accommodating, or overlooking, diversity.  Yet it is not a straightforward process and internal party dynamics may produce unpredictable and exclusionary outcomes. Taken together the papers on this panel assess the way in which state institutions and political parties incorporate some voters and exclude others.