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Indian Youth and Electoral Politics

Indian Youth and Electoral Politics
An Emerging Engagement

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Sanjay Kumar - Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi

December 2013 | 222 pages | SAGE India
Indian Youth and Electoral Politics studies the significant relationship between Indian youth and electoral politics in the country. The book answers many pertinent questions: Does a young candidate matter to the young voters? Do youth vote more enthusiastically if there are young candidates contesting elections? Contrary to popular notions, there is an increased interest in electoral politics amongst the Indian youth. But when it comes to voting, there is a lower participation.

The book looks at the level of awareness of the youth about political issues and analyzes youth interest and participation in electoral politics. It also points out that a large percentage of Indian youth would be willing to take up politics as their career choice. However there are differences in level of youth interest and electoral participation along gender, locality, and various such social variables.
Vibha Attri
Awareness on Political Issues
Kinjal Sampat and Jyoti Mishra
Interest in Politics and Political Participation
Sanjay Kumar
The Voting Pattern
Jyoti Mishra
Young Candidates and Young Voters
Shreyas Sardesai
Issues of Electoral Reforms
Sanjay Kumar
Politics as a Career: Perception and Choice
Appendix I: Survey Questionnaire: Youth and Politics Survey 2011
Appendix II: Who Were Interviewed during the Survey: The Social Profile
Appendix III: Opinion and Attitudes: The Basic Findings

Sanjay Kumar

Sanjay Kumar is Professor and Director of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) since 2014. His core area of research is electoral politics, but he has also been engaged in research on Indian youth, state of democracy, and slums of Delhi. He has directed several national-level studies, most important being the series of National Election Study (NES) conducted by Lokniti–CSDS since 1996. Earlier, he had authored Changing Electoral Politics in Delhi: From Caste to Class; co-authored (with Peter Ronald de Souza and Sandeep Shastri) Indian Youth in a Transforming World: Attitudes and Perceptions; edited Indian Youth and Electoral... More About Author

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ISBN: 9788132117766