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

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Impact of Identity Politics on Differential Voter Outcomes

How far are citizen's needs taken into consideration by elected representatives in the formulation of policy outcomes? Is there a link between responsive public policy and re-election of elected representatives? This paper draws on election outcomes, and an analysis of voter preferences at regional and national levels to seek a correlation between policy formulation and incentives provided by citizens for re-election of representatives. Such an analysis of electoral choice allows an evaluation of political opportunities available to numerically salient classes. As the data indicates, political classes no longer rely on traditional bases of support; an increasingly observable trend has been the growing obscurity of politics, polarisation, apathy and the very evident lack of demarcation among parties.

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