India's 2009 Elections: Coalition Politics, Party Competition and Congress Continuity

India's 2009 Elections: Coalition Politics, Party Competition and Congress Continuity

By: Ramashray Roy (editor), Paul Wallace (editor)Hardback

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Building on their insightful work on India's 1999 and 2004 parliamentary elections, scholars Ramashray Roy and Paul Wallace are back with an edited volume that provides a close look at the 15th national elections in 2009 in India. The book is divided into two parts-first is thematic, and discusses the general framework within which Indian electoral politics is situated, while the second is state-based and discusses the different party systems. India's 2009 Elections shows how the 15th national election was a turning point in Indian history. It clearly shows that India's electorate emphasized political stability and governance coherence in 2009, leading the Congress Party to a victory just 10 seats short of a majority. The public outcome, according to the editors, signified a demand for integrity, continuity and competence in the 2009 campaign, values which were considered almost obsolete in today's political scenario. The book does not deal with rigid and dogmatic ideological formations, and instead is about the rich panorama of transitory phenomena that makes India a rich and vibrant democracy.

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Paul Wallace (PhD, University of California, Berkeley) is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia. He has been a consultant on South Asia to a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the US Attorney General's Office, defense lawyers, and other agencies in North America and has received five Smithsonian-funded awards for national election studies in India. In September 2003, Professor Wallace served as the expert witness on Sikh violence at the Air India trial in Vancouver, Canada. His research in India includes a Senior Fulbright Research Award in 1972, and funding from the Ford Foundation, 1988-89, the American Institute of Indian Studies (1980-81), and various government and non-government groups in India. Professor Wallace is the author or editor of eight books and 40+ book chapters and articles. His last co-edited book is India's 2009 Elections: Coalition Politics, Party Competition and Congress Continuity" published by SAGE Publications in 2011. Ramashray Roy is an eminent political philosopher and prolific writer whose work has opened up new vistas in the study of development and democracy in India. He has served as a Senior Fellow as well as the Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (Delhi), Director of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (New Delhi), Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research (New Delhi), National Fellow and a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (Shimla). He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the G.B. Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad. Professor Roy has published dozens of books including India's 2004 Elections: Grass-roots and National Perspectives (2007), India's 1999 Elections and 20th Century Politics (2003) and Dialogues on Development: The Individual, Society and State and Political Order (1986).


Thematic Studies Introduction: Political Stability and Government Coherence - Paul Wallace Regional Base and National Dream: Alliance Formation, 2009 National Elections - Ramashray Roy Coalition Politics: Withering of National-Regional Ideological Positions? - Pramod Kumar Region, Representation and National Cohesion: Public Space in India - Jyotirindra Dasgupta Federalism, Party System and Structural Changes in India - Maneesha Roy Gender Discourse in Elections: Constructing a Constituency? - Rainuka Dagar The BSP in 2009: Still Making Progress, But Only As a Dalit Party - Christophe Jaffrelot Analytical State Studies One Favoured (dominant) Party System Gujarat. "Goebbel's Propaganda and Governance: The 2009 Lok Sabha Elections in Gujarat. - Ghanshyam Shah West Bengal. "Mapping a political challenge: West Bengal 2009 - Amiya K Chaudhuri Alternating Two-Party Systems Rajasthan: "Silent Tsunami in Rajasthan: BJP Bastion Busted in 2009" - Bhawani Singh & Vibhuti Singh Shekhawat Kerala: "The LDF's Debacle: Kerala Votes for National Stability" - G Gopa Kumar Maharashtra: "Maharashtra: Still a Bipolar System, but Turmoil Ahead - Raghavendra Keshavarao Hebsur Karnataka: "The Surge of Saffron: Some Genuine and Some Imitation?" - Raghavendra Keshavarao Hebsur Andhra Pradesh: "Political Mobilization, Competitive Populism and Changing Party Dynamics in Andhra Pradesh" - Karli Srinavasulu / Multi-Party States Bihar. "Identity Politics Recycled: 2009 Lok Sabha Election in Bihar" - Binoy Shanker Prasad Jammu & Kashmir: "Ethnic-Religious Crisis & Electoral Democracy: Jammu and Kashmir Elections, 2008 and 2009" - Praveen Krishna Swami Northeast India: "Democracy, Ethnic Fractionalization & Competitive Politics: The Case of States in Northeast India" - Rajesh Dev Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/02/2011
  • ISBN13: 9788132105831
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9788132105831
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 8132105834

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