Votes and Violence: Electoral Competition and Ethnic Riots in India

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 23, 2006 - Political Science - 293 pages
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This book explains why Hindu-Muslim riots in India break out when and where they do, and shows why some state governments in India prevent Hindu-Muslim riots while others do not or even help to incite violence. It shows that riots are fomented to help win elections, and that state governments decide whether to stop them or not depending on electoral calculations about whether doing so will win or lose them voters. It tests this general explanation for riots using a dataset on riots and their causes as well as case studies of several Indian states.
 

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Attempts by Narayana Guru to improve the social conditions of the Ezhavas were successful because missionaries had already started schools and admitted Ezhavas long before Narayana Guru championed their cause. Narayana Guru was using the changes made by the missionaries in a caste-ridden society to further the welfare of Ezhavas. So it was not a pioneering enterprise by the Guru but simply making use of the freedom already obtained by the missionaries for the Ezhavas. 

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IT'S AN HONEST STUDY. A MUST READ FOR EVERY POLICE OFFICER. RAHUL KUMAR, DSP, UTTAR PRADESH POLICE DEPARTMENT, INDIA.

Contents

THE ELECTORAL INCENTIVES FOR ETHNIC VIOLENCE
1
EXPLAINING TOWNLEVEL VARIATION IN HINDUMUSLIM VIOLENCE
19
STATE CAPACITY EXPLANATIONS FOR HINDUMUSLIM VIOLENCE
63
THE CONSOCIATIONAL EXPLANATION FOR HINDUMUSLIM VIOLENCE
97
THE ELECTORAL INCENTIVES FOR HINDUMUSLIM VIOLENCE
137
PARTY COMPETITION AND HINDUMUSLIM VIOLENCE
172
THE ELECTORAL INCENTIVES FOR ETHNIC VIOLENCE IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
204
DEMOCRACY AND ETHNIC VIOLENCE
236
Data Sources for HinduMuslim Riots
243
DataEntering Protocol for Riot Database
255
Additional Results from Statistical Tables
263
References
267
Index
283
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Steven I. Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India and South Asia and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale University. Votes and Violence: Electoral Competition and Ethnic Riots in India was co-winner of the American Political Science Association's 2005 Woodrow Wilson Foundation prize. He is currently researching the links between colonial inheritances and post-independence levels of democracy, governance and conflict.