Party systems have important political, social and economic consequences in a polity. This book analyses the characteristics, evolution and determinants of party system in India. It argues that party system in India continues to be shaped by a complex interaction of sociological, institutional and contextual factors. The book reinforces the argument that a competitive party system remains key to the functioning of Indian democracy, and the parties remain the most important link between the state and its citizens.
List of Abbreviations List of Tables and Figures Introduction 1: Parties and Party System in India 2: The Congress 'System' and its Decline 3: Hindu Nationalism and the Rise of Bharatiya Janata Party 4: Fragmentation of the Party System and Coalition Politics 5: Emerging Trends in the Indian Party System Conclusion References Index About the Author
Rekha Diwakar is a lecturer in politics at the University of Sussex, UK, since 2013. She is also a research associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.