ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Class Voting in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections

The Growing Size and Importance of the Middle Classes

How did the middle- and upp er-middle-class voters vote in the 2014 elections? Apart from purely numerical effects, the middle class is electorally more impactful relative to its size because of its human capital and opinion-shaping character. The pro-BJP swing among the middle classes, indicated by the Lokniti post-poll survey, cannot be attributed to an anti-minority shift in middle-class opinion nationally, nor to simple economic dissatisfaction, or to a broader attitudinal shift towards economic liberalisation; we have to search for more complex explanations.

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