Politics as Usual

10 July 2015, 10.30 AM - 10 July 2015, 5.00 PM

Room G2, 10 Priory Road

A Workshop to be held at the University of Bristol

Rising Sun. Politics as Usual.This workshop will report the preliminary findings from research carried out by a selection of scholars of India and Indonesia.  The papers explore aspects of practical or everyday politics, interpreting how politicians work for their constituents, attempt to buy votes, develop their careers and project their authority. The workshop will also consider how some voters express hostility to these forms of politics as usual. The themes are explored at a number of levels (neighbourhood, parliamentary constituency and provincial) and in a range of geographical locations. The overlaps between the papers will facilitate a day of lively comparison, discussion and debate. 

List of presenters and papers

Rochana Bajpai (SOAS), ‘Minority representation and campaigning in Indian elections, 2014’

Ward Berenschot (KITLV Leiden), ‘Comparing Patronage Networks: Party, State and Notable in Indonesia and India’

Hugo Gorringe (Edinburgh), ‘The ‘sewer of politics’: Caste, Compromise and Corruption’

John Harriss (Simon Fraser University), ‘Unusual Politics? What about the AAP?’

Andrew Wyatt (Bristol), ‘Vote-buying and Political Service in a South Indian Town’

Registration: There is no charge to attend the event, however please do register your participation with Andrew Wyatt (a.k.j.wyatt@bristol.ac.uk) to assist with catering.

Travel subsidy: there are some funds to subsidise the travel of graduate students wishing to participate. Contact Andrew Wyatt.


With financial support from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol.

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