Resource title

A left front election

Resource image

image for OpenScout resource :: A left front election

Resource description

This chapter provides an electoral ethnography of a campaign in the state of West Bengal. The uniquely continuous electoral victories of the Left Front since 1977 in this eastern state of India throws up the puzzle of how a coalition of parties has achieved this feat in a country where incumbent governments repeatedly suffer electoral defeats. A thick ethnographic description of the campaigning process, tracing the numerous techniques, organisational hierarchies and political messages at every level of the state’s population, provides some answers to this conundrum.

Resource author

Resource publisher

Resource publish date

Resource language


Resource content type

Resource resource URL

Resource license