Encapsulation without Integration? Electoral Democracy and the Ambivalent Moderation of Hindu Nationalism in India

@article{Mitra2016EncapsulationWI,
  title={Encapsulation without Integration? Electoral Democracy and the Ambivalent Moderation of Hindu Nationalism in India},
  author={S. Mitra},
  journal={Studies in Indian Politics},
  year={2016},
  volume={4},
  pages={101 - 90}
}
  • S. Mitra
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • Studies in Indian Politics
Has the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in power in India’s central government following its massive mandate in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, become a normal member of India’s party family, or does it remain the quintessential outsider, whose electoral success is seen as a threat to India’s liberal, democratic and secular ethos? This article applies the Downsian median voter argument to analyze this puzzle. A comparison with the gradual moderation of Europe’s Christian Democratic parties helps… Expand

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