Democratic Dynasties

A panel discussion on Democratic Dynasties: State, Party and Family in Contemporary Indian Politics edited by Kanchan Chandra will be held on 5 August 2016 at Bikaner House, Pandara Road, India Gate, New Delhi. The discussion would be moderated by Patrick French, historian and biographer, author of India: A Portrait. The panelists include:

NirajaGopal Jayal,   Professor, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Salman Khurshid, Former Minister of External Affairs, Indian National Congress.

Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Bharatiya Janata Party.

Kanchan Chandra, Professor of Politics, New York University.

The book is a collection of essays on dynastic politics, usually presumed to be the antithesis of democracy, is a routine aspect of politics in many modern democracies. This book introduces a new theoretical perspective on dynasticism in democracies, using original data on twenty-first-century Indian parliaments. It argues that the roots of dynastic politics lie at least in part in modern democratic institutions - states and parties - which give political families a leg-up in the electoral process. It also proposes a rethinking of the view that dynastic politics is a violation of democracy, showing that it can also reinforce some aspects of democracy while violating others. Finally, this book suggests that both reinforcement and violation are the products, not of some property intrinsic to political dynasties, but of the institutional environment from which those dynasties emerge.

Friday, 5 August 2016, 7 pm
Bikaner House, New Delhi