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February 24, 2020

Political Networks and Party Machines in Urbanizing India

People driving in Mumbai

Tariq Thachil visited Georgetown University to speak about his work on party machines in distributive politics and how party leaders select local staffers in India. Thachil discussed his working paper “How Patrons Select Brokers: Efficacy and Loyalty in Urban Indian Machines,” as well as a chapter from a related book manuscript Migrants and Machines: How Political Networks Form in Urbanizing India. The lecture was followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.

This event was co-sponsored by the Georgetown University India Initiative and the Current Research on Issues and Topics in Comparative Scholarship series (CRITICS). 


Tariq Thachil is an associate professor of political science at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of award-winning Elite Parties, Poor Voters: How Social Services Win Votes in India (2014). His work focuses on political parties, social movements, urbanization, and internal migration. He holds a Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.