The ethnic politics literature assumes that one’s ethnic identity is readily identifiable. This paper evaluates how well this assumption holds in practice, drawing on a voter survey in the Indian state of Bihar. While voters often misidentify the identity of their candidate, the degree of error is small but systematic.
Ethnic Identifiability in India: Evidence from a Voter Survey
Milan Vaishnav is Senior Fellow in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC, and the author of When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics (Yale University Press, 2017). Email: <email@example.com>.
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Milan Vaishnav; Ethnic Identifiability in India: Evidence from a Voter Survey. Asian Survey 1 August 2017; 57 (4): 738–763. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2017.57.4.738
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