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

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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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  • Ashutosh Varshney, 1998. "Mass politics or elite politics? india's economic reforms in comparative perspective," Journal of Economic Policy Reform, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 2(4), pages 301-335.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jpolrf:v:2:y:1998:i:4:p:301-335 DOI: 10.1080/13841289808523388
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