Party Organisation, Campaigning and Voter Contact

  • A. H. Somjee


In various scholarly writings on party organisation, relating to Western as well as Indian democracy, a number of models have been proposed to interpret the social bases and functions of political parties in those societies. Most of these models tend to treat political parties as formal political structures prescribing a number of specific roles to their members. In this chapter, however, I shall argue that such an emphasis tends to leave out a whole range of operative relationships between the members of competing political parties on the one hand, and of party members and the public on the other. Such relationships fall outside the formal role-definition of the members. These relationships, nevertheless, become of paramount importance in understanding party organisations in India, where members do not don the party uniform all the time but tend to return to their normal social ties in between elections, and in most cases alternate between party strife and inter-party accommodation.


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