In This Review

Elections and Political Development: The South Asian Experience
Elections and Political Development: The South Asian Experience
By Norman D. Palmer
Duke University Press, 1975, 340 pp.

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.