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Mass politics or elite politics? india's economic reforms in comparative perspective

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  • Ashutosh Varshney
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    In discussions of the politics of economic reforms, a distinction needs to be made between mass politics and elite politics. In a democracy, the former may be much more pressing for politicians. As is true in so many multiethnic societies today, ethnic conflicts may enter mass politics more quickly than disputes over economic reforms. The relegation of reforms to a secondary political status, however, can work to the advantage of reformers, for a mass preoccupation with ethnic issues provides political room to push reforms. Given a multiplicity of salient political issues, even minority governments can press ahead with economic reforms.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Policy Reform.

    Volume (Year): 2 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 301-335

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:2:y:1998:i:4:p:301-335

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    Keywords: Mass politics; elite politics; economic reforms; ethnic conflicts; India; democracy;

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    Cited by:
    1. Sanjay Jain & Sumon Majumdar & Sharun Mukand, 2014. "Walk the Line: Conflict, State Capacity and the Political Dynamics of Reform," CESifo Working Paper Series 4648, CESifo Group Munich.
    2. Alesina, Alberto & Michalopoulos, Stelios, 2013. "Ethnic Inequality," CAGE Online Working Paper Series 155, Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE).

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