Indian Youth and Electoral Politics: An Emerging Engagement
By: Sanjay Kumar (editor)Paperback
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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.
Sanjay Kumar is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi, and Codirector, Lokniti, a research program of the CSDS. Trained in survey research at the Summer School in the University of Michigan, he has directed various national and state-level surveys conducted by the CSDS,including the series of National Election Studies (NES) conducted during the Lok Sabha elections of 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004, and 2009. Besides the NES, he has also directed various state-level studies. His research draws heavily from empirical studies. He is also interested in mapping the changing patterns of democracy. He has been the country coordinator (India) for the State of Democracy in South Asia study conducted by the CSDS and a core team member of the Asian Barometer Study conducted in different countries. He has also been a member of the team of international observers for observing elections in various countries. He is also a member of the drafting committee for the charter on Free and Fair elections in Asia. His most recent book is Changing Electoral Politics in Delhi: From Caste to Class (SAGE Publications 2013). His other books are Measuring Voting Behaviour in India (with Praveen Rai; SAGE Publications 2013), Rise of the Plebeians? The Changing Face of Indian Legislative Assemblies (coedited with Christophe Jaffrelot 2009), and Indian Youth in a Transforming World: Attitudes and Perceptions (with Peter Ronald DeSouza and Sandeep Shastri; SAGE Publications 2009). He also writes regularly for national and regional newspapers, and is a recognized face on electronic media as an election expert.
Preface Introduction Awareness on Political Issues - Vibha Attri Interest in Politics and Political Participation - Kinjal Sampat and Jyoti Mishra The Voting Pattern - Sanjay Kumar Young Candidates and Young Voters - Jyoti Mishra Issues of Electoral Reforms - Shreyas Sardesai Politics as a Career: Perception and Choice - Sanjay Kumar 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 Index
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