Review of [Party Building in a] [New Nation : The Indian National] [Congress], by Myron Weiner, University of Chicago Press, 1967.

by W. Wilcox


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This third study in a series on political participation in Indian democracy examines the underlying factors of Congress party success in the past twenty years. To understand the party, political life must also be analyzed, but because of India's immense size and structural diversity, simple explanations are impossible. The result is a 496-page volume "crowded with facts and teeming with ideas." Anthropological data, political development theory, and five in-depth case studies (two urban and three rural) support the analysis. 3 pp.

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