The Enduring Appeal of Populist Leadership in Contemporary Tamil Nadu

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Abstract

Leadership is an important element of political culture in south India. This chapter investigates ways in which political leaders in the state of Tamil Nadu seek support for their political parties and build constituencies. Leadership is exercised in a widely understood and accepted style of populist politics that has been practiced in Tamil Nadu since the 1970s. The recent activity of the actor-politician Vijayakanth is analysed in this context.
Translated title of the contributionThe Enduring Appeal of Populist Leadership in Contemporary Tamil Nadu
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower and Influence in India: Bosses, Lords and Captains
EditorsP. Price, A. Ruud
PublisherRoutledge
Pages144 - 168
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)0415585958
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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