Do Muslim voters prefer Muslim candidates? Co-religiosity and voting behaviour in India. / Heath, Oliver; Verniers, Gilles; Kumar, Sanjay.

In: Electoral Studies, Vol. 38, 06.2015, p. 10–18.

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In: Electoral Studies, Vol. 38, 06.2015, p. 10–18.

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Heath, Oliver ; Verniers, Gilles ; Kumar, Sanjay. / Do Muslim voters prefer Muslim candidates? Co-religiosity and voting behaviour in India. In: Electoral Studies. 2015 ; Vol. 38. pp. 10–18.

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