Inequality and Elections: The Nationwide Origins and State-Level Dynamics of India's Maoist Insurgency

@article{Banerjee2017InequalityAE,
  title={Inequality and Elections: The Nationwide Origins and State-Level Dynamics of India's Maoist Insurgency},
  author={Vasabjit Banerjee and Srobana Bhattacharya and Anand Jha},
  journal={Asian Affairs: An American Review},
  year={2017},
  volume={44},
  pages={72 - 97}
}
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… 

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