When Rebels Become Stakeholders: Democracy, Agency and Social Change in India, explores the agency of ordinary men and women in the making of democratic social change in India. The study is specific to India, but the issues are of general interest, particularly for the comparative politics of democratic social change.
In contrast to the majority of post-colonial states, India has achieved both democracy and social change. The authors focus on the political skills of Indias voters and their leaders, instead of the essence of Indian culture to explain this remarkable phenomenon. The study draws on public opinion data on political information, attitudes, values and participation, derived from three national surveys of the Indian electorate held in 1971, 1996 and 2004, to explain this complex theme. It specifies the two main puzzles—the instrumentality of electoral agency in the making of Indias social revolution, and implications of the findings of the study for the theory of democratic social change that underpin the study. The author provides an analysis of the empirical results, a resume of the empirical findings, theoretical implications of those findings for democracy and social change, questionnaires, explanation of the research designs used in the surveys, and the method of data collection.