Elections and Political Development: The South Asian Experience

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Elections and Political Development: The South Asian Experience

By Norman D. Palmer
Duke University Press, 1975
340 pp. $17.50
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This survey of the scene in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka finds general principles hard to discover. Elections may be stabilizing or de-stabilizing, linked to development or decay. The survey data leave us uncertain of the balance between alienation and commitment of the voter. One maxim, however, emerges with some force: elections raise expectations; and raised expectations radicalize.