Arild Engelsen Ruud

Making sense of Erdoğan’s victory

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s electoral victory in May 2023 bears witness to several features about contemporary strongman leaders in the non-western world – among others, Narendra Modi in India, Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil. First, they are popular. Second, their popularity, at least in large part, builds on the successful manipulation …

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Unpacking the Karnataka election: Key takeaways and the road ahead

They have turned even policy failures such as the infamous demonetisation into political capital, while policy moves such as the aberration of Kashmir’s special status are popular way beyond the usual suspects of BJP supporters. Despite everything, BJP is still India’s largest political party, a juggernaut that will take the joint strength of all its …

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Understanding the ‘Enigma’ in Indian Politics: West Bengal Assembly Election 2021

In our last write-up just before the election result was declared, we argued that the West Bengal State Assembly Election of 2021 had the potential to present itself as yet another historic moment of departure in the state’s political culture. After a marathon eight rounds of polling, lasting one month, as the verdict came out …

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West Bengal Election 2021: Why it is monumental

Whatever happens, one thing is for certain, the political culture of Bengal is on the verge of an unprecedented transformation.   In the political biography of the state of West Bengal in India, there have been moments that have had the potential to transcend the limits of immediacy and constituted upheavals of the local political …

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