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K.C. Suri and Achin Vanaik

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198084952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198084952.001.0001

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Party System and Party Politics in India

Party System and Party Politics in India

(p.209) 5 Party System and Party Politics in India
Political Science

K.C. Suri

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines works and writings related to the history of the party system and party politics in India. It focuses on causes, nature, and consequences of the transformation of the party system. It also discusses the ideology, support base, and vote mobilization strategies of parties. The chapter elucidates the emergence of a coalitional multiparty system and the rise of ideological differences in the mobilization of party support based on appeals to caste, religion, region, and ethnicity.

Keywords:   party system, party politics, India, ideology, support base, vote mobilization strategies, multiparty system, ideological differences

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