Inequality and elections : the nationwide origins and state-level dynamics of India's Maoist insurgency

Show simple item record Banerjee, Vasabjit Bhattacharya, Srobana Jha, Anand 2018-03-19T05:31:59Z 2017-09
dc.description.abstract This article investigates the causes of India's Maoist insurgency and its changing dynamics. To explain its origins, we empirically test three hypotheses using cross-state-level data: inequality of wealth in states; inefficient state government; and, disgruntled provocateurs. Our analysis reveals that insurgency is caused by inequality of wealth in states, not inefficient state governments and disgruntled provocateurs. Subsequently, we study variations in the number of Maoist attacks and the selected targets in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal using newspaper reports of events. Our analysis demonstrates that the numbers of incidents and the type of targets selected depend on electoral competition between regional political parties and their interactions with Maoists. The findings, therefore, indicate that whereas inequality of wealth can explain the insurgency's presence in states, political competition within states could explain its dynamics. en_ZA
dc.description.department Sociology en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2019-03-18
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Vasabjit Banerjee, Srobana Bhattacharya & Anand Jha (2017) Inequality and Elections: The Nationwide Origins and State-Level Dynamics of India's Maoist Insurgency, Asian Affairs: An American Review, 44:3, 72-97, DOI: 10.1080/00927678.2017.1357347. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0092-7678 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1940-1590 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/00927678.2017.1357347
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an electronic version of an article published in Asian Affairs : An American Review, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 72-97, 2018. doi : 10.1080/00927678.2017.1357347. Asian Affairs : An American Review is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Electoral competition en_ZA
dc.subject India en_ZA
dc.subject Inequality en_ZA
dc.subject Insurgency en_ZA
dc.subject Maoist en_ZA
dc.subject Regional parties en_ZA
dc.title Inequality and elections : the nationwide origins and state-level dynamics of India's Maoist insurgency en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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