Party system in India

Diwakar, Rekha (2017) Party system in India. Oxford India Short Introductions Series . Oxford University Press, New Delhi. ISBN 9780199479597

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Party systems have important political, social, and economic consequences in a polity. This book analyses the characteristics, evolution, and determinants of party system in India.Through a combination of examining theoretical explanations and interpreting empirical data, this book facilitates a clear comprehension of the various phases of the Indian party system, from Congress' dominance to the fragmentation of the party system, the emergence of regional parties and coalition politics, and more recently a move towards a BJP-centred party system. It argues that the party system in India continues to be shaped by a complex interaction of sociological, institutional, and contextual factors. By situating the Indian party system in the context of these determinants, this book also attempts to provide a framework for comparative analysis of party systems. It highlights that both national and regional parties remain crucial parts of the party system given India's sociocultural diversity, and politics that continues to be coalitional. Outlining the key challenges facing parties in India, the book nevertheless reinforces the argument that a competitive party system is key to the functioning of Indian democracy, and the parties remain the most important link between the state and its citizens.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: India, party system, parties, BJP, Congress
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions and public administration (Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, etc.) > JQ0021 Asia > JQ0200 India
Depositing User: Rekha Diwakar
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2017 11:21
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2018 10:16
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