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TECHNOLOGY-ENABLED ELITE POLITICAL MOBILIZATION IN INDIA

By Rajeev Gowda

A unique feature of Indian democracy has been the gradual disengagement of its elites from electoral politics. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are now helping to reverse this trend. This article surveys the diverse ways in which India’s elites harness ICTs to engage the political system. Elites have used ICTs to help with the formation of new political parties, organization of protests and social movements, registration of voters, provision of election-related information and to improve policy formation. ICTs enable elites to overcome various barriers to political engagement rapidly but do not guarantee sustained mobilization. India’s elites also demonstrate a preference for neutral, non-partisan reforms that may limit their ability to influence political outcomes over time.[Read More…]

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