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2017 Joshi Foundation Lecture "Women's Dynastic Politics"

Monday, March 6, 2017
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Storrs Campus
DODD Konover Auditorium

2017 Radha Devi Joshi Foundation Lecture Presents:

AMRITA BASU, Paino Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College

“Women’s Dynastic Politics, Gender Inequality and Democracy in India” March 6, 4-6PM Konover Auditorium at Dodd Center

ABSTRACT: Professor Basu’s talk will explore the phenomenon of dynastic ties among women who are elected to political office in India, and questions the widely held view that the large numbers of female leaders and Members of Parliament whose family members precede them in office is a residue of tradition and suggest that it is a product of democratic processes. She will also question the assumption that women’s dynasticism violates principles of democratic representation based on equal opportunities for qualified individuals. Instead, she will argue that high levels of women’s dynasticism partially rectifies the historical under-representation of women in political office. Dynasticism is a result of societal prejudices, electoral processes and party biases and structures that have prevented women from attaining political office. While dynasticism accentuates certain forms of privilege, particularly related to social class, it also allows for greater representation of low caste and minority women. Until and unless India introduces legislative quotas for women, dynasticism functions as its surrogate.

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