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Democracy, governance and political parties in India: an introduction

Suri, K. C., Elliott, Carolyn and Hundt, David 2016, Democracy, governance and political parties in India: an introduction, Studies in Indian politics, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1177/2321023016634902.

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Title Democracy, governance and political parties in India: an introduction
Author(s) Suri, K. C.
Elliott, Carolyn
Hundt, David
Journal name Studies in Indian politics
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication New Delhi, India
Publication date 2016-06
ISSN 2321-0230
2321-7472
Keyword(s) India
democracy
governance
parties
Summary The party political domain of India is replete with a large number of parties representing the tapestry of Indian society. Many of them are based in specific regions and states, built around social and linguistic identities. While this enhanced the representative character of the parties, it also contributed to varied patterns of political competition and unstable governments. The two major national parties – the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party – becoming coalitionable heralded an era of coalition governments both at the Centre and states, enabling parties to increase their power and their pay-offs. Parties across the political spectrum have tended to converge on macro-economic policy, but continue to diverge on social policies and larger issues that confront India, such as nation building and secularism. Chronic lack of internal democracy coupled with the rise of political corruption and clientelist practices are matters of serious concern. A broader view of governance, resisting temptations to concentrate power and pursue personal enrichment, would enable parties to deliver policies for a better, more just society.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/2321023016634902
Field of Research 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
160606 Government and Politics of Asia and The Pacific
Socio Economic Objective 940202 Electoral Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Lokniti, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
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