Comparing Nations and States: Human Rights and Democracy in India

Neil James Mitchell, C. Beer

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    Abstract

    Democracy and the protection of human rights generally go together, but not in India. India is an outlier in the cross-national research that aims to explain human rights performance. Using state-level subnational data and drawing on the approaches pioneered at the cross-national level, the authors examine the reasons for the outlier status. Their findings suggest that the aggregate whole-nation human rights and democracy scores misrepresent the political experience of much of India. The authors find that participation, political parties, and the level and nature of opposition threat help us understand the incidence of human fights violations within India.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)996-1018
    Number of pages22
    JournalComparative Political Studies
    Volume39
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

    Keywords

    • India
    • human rights
    • subnational politics
    • elections
    • REPRESSION
    • KASHMIR
    • WAR
    • INSURGENCY
    • GOVERNMENT

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