Does Good Economics Make for Good Politics? Evidence from Indian States

  title={Does Good Economics Make for Good Politics? Evidence from Indian States},
  author={Milan Vaishnav and Reedy Swanson},
  journal={India Review},
  pages={279 - 311}
The proposition that voters reward incumbent governments that perform well economically is considered received wisdom in many democracies. We examine this hypothesis in India, a developing democracy where scholars have found limited evidence of economic voting. Using a unique state-level panel dataset covering the years 1980–2012, we find that there is no relationship between growth and electoral performance in the aggregate. However, since 2000, there do appear to be increasing electoral… 
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