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Electoral Dynamism of Indian Politics
Deciphering the Enigma



September 2021 | 348 pages | SAGE India
Electoral Dynamism of Indian Politics: Deciphering the Enigma explores Indian politics through the prism of electoral landmarks. It studies the substantive contribution of elections towards the strengthening of democratic institutions and consolidation of the democratic process in the country. 

Looking at elections that left an indelible mark on the Indian political landscape and radically transformed the country’s democracy, this book studies the national elections with reference to how voters exercise their franchise. It also emphasizes that voting behaviour cannot be understood in a purely theoretical format as it is context-dependent and subject to constant change. Furthermore, it evaluates the outcomes and implications of these elections that brought certain political issues and forces to the centre-stage. In a country where the electoral process demonstrates the strength (or lack thereof) of the democratic will, it becomes crucial to understand elections, and by extension, the spirit of democracy.
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Voting for a Dream
 
Personalizing Elections
 
Elections as Plebiscites
 
Ideological Churning
 
Ideological Churning
 
Eternity of Caste
 
Politics as Culture
 
Regional Electoral Divergences
 
National versus Local
 
Historicity of Identity Politics
 
Political Choice amidst Anti-incumbency
 
Sentiments
 
Preferences
 
Conclusion
 
Annexure: The 2021 West Bengal State Assembly
 
Election—Stability versus Change
 
Bibliography
 
Index

Bidyut Chakrabarty

Bidyut Chakrabarty is Vice-Chancellor of Visva-Bharati, West Bengal. He was a professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, until November 2018. He completed his PhD from London School of Economics and has been associated with teaching and research for more than three decades. He has taught in several prestigious educational institutions, such as the London School of Economics; Indian Institute of Management Calcutta; Monash University, Australia; National University of Singapore; and Hamburg University, Germany. He has authored several textbooks and academic books. Among his publications are Public... More About Author

Rajendra K. Pandey

Rajendra Kumar Pandey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Besides earning his Masters, MPhil and Doctorate degrees from the University of Delhi, he also holds the prestigious Postgraduate Diploma (with summa cum laude: excellent grade) in Federalism, Decentralization and Conflict Resolution from the Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. In the past, Dr Pandey taught graduate students at the Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (1998– 2003),Hindu College (2003–09) (both University of Delhi), and the UGC... More About Author

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