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Coalition Politics and Democratic Consolidation in Asia$
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E. Sridharan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198079392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198079392.001.0001

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Coalitions and Democratic Deepening in India *

Coalitions and Democratic Deepening in India *

(p.20) 1 Coalitions and Democratic Deepening in India*
Coalition Politics and Democratic Consolidation in Asia

E. Sridharan

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a detailed treatment of coalition politics in India and how it has conducted to the deepening of democracy by contributing to power-sharing by a wider range of parties and ethnic interests, including smaller parties and a range of minority groups. It surveys the major political parties and the electoral record, the evolution of coalition politics in India, and gives a detailed account of how the evolution of the party system, due to the operation of India’s electoral system in a federal context, has led to a series of minority and/or coalition governments which have had to be increasingly accommodative of a range of lesser political, ethnic and regional interests, thus conducing to the deepening of democracy.

Keywords:   social cleavages, parties, party system, coalitions, diversity, deepening

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