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Indian Politics and the 1998 Elections

Paul Wallace (Author) Ramashray Roy (Author)
Synopsis After a period of relative stability spanning the first three decades after in independence, Indian politics has undergone a sea change from the beginning of the 1980s. This period has witnessed the emergence of regional parties at the national level, the fracturing of the electorate, and the emergence of coalition politics. As a consequence, India's political scenario has become highly complex which is perhaps best exemplified by the 12th Lok Sabha (constituted in 1998), the shortest in the country's history. This is the first book to critically analyze the 1998 General Election in terms of changes in the party system and in the bases of social support. Comprising dynamic analyses of new and emerging trends in Indian politics, this volume: Provides data on the 1998 election combined with a rich comparison with past elections right from 1957. The emergence of two-party competition and the fragmentation of the party system--both at the national and state levels--are discussed. Emphasizes the importance of regionalism in Indian politics. Eleven state-focused chapters, which include material on assembly elections, constitute the core of this volume. They reveal that national politics are increasingly reflective of state politics. Examines a large range of important electoral issues including changes in party alliances, the role of social factors such as caste, ethnicity, and religion; and the relationship of democracy to separatist movements and political violence. The Hindu belt and its 'ethnic fault lines', the continued rise of the BJP, the survival of the Congress Party, the near collapse of the Janata Dal, and separatist movements in the Punjab and Kashmir are also discussed. This timely volume is being published on the eve of the 13th General Election slated for September 1999. With its analysis of the key components of Indian politics, it will assist an informed understanding of the current political scenario, and of the 1999 election which is expected to take the world's largest democracy into the 21st century. With its rich and comparative analysis of the major political strands that have emerged in recent elections, this volume will be of considerable interest to those in the fields of political science, psephology, election studies and sociology.
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About the authors

Paul Wallace

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.

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Ramashray Roy

Prof. Ramashray Roy is an eminent political philosopher who has, through his numerous writing, opened new vistas not only in different areas of social sciences but also in Vedic studies. Prof. Roy worked as a Senior Fellow as well as Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, Director of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi as well as its National Fellow and Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advance Study, Shimla. He is currently the Fellow of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. He has published more than two dozen books and over fifty articles in Journals in India and outside. His publications include Dalit, Development and Democracy; Politics and Society; Politics and Beyond; Sanskaras in India Tradition and Culture (SHIPRA).

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Politics and the 1998 Elections
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170368596
length 376p.