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Book Discussion 11

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CEC, UGC Book Discussion on India’s 2009 Election: Coalition Politics, Party Competition, and Congress Continuity

Edited By Paul Wallace Ramashray Roy

Published By Sage Publications 2011 Participants of Discussion Prof Ramashray Roy, Mr Ravi Ranjan, Dr. Maneesha

. their reflections are based analysis of election results and developments in Indian politics • This series is discussing the linkages between politics and governance using election as one of the perspectives.The Idea • This Book is 4th in series on Indian Elections. since 1998 general election. • Editors are known scholars of Indian politics.

Focus of Present Volume (4th in series) • coalition politics • party competition • and Congress continuity at centre and its influence in many states • coalition formation and coalition operation in Indian politics in the era of globalization .

Objective of the book • Linking democracy and politics both as a form of informed political participation by citizens and as a method of organising institutions of governance • This volume is trying to understand democracy by using election as a window to see the process of politics and to make political judgment .

The Design: Structure of the book • Part I: thematic concerns covering India as a whole discussing the issues related to the politics • Part II: focusing on state politics and covering the electoral analysis from different states in India .

• Dalit issues and identity politics in terms caste and religion has been covered properly in various chapters .The Content Analysis: Strength of the book • Thematic analysis of election results by using authentic data • Focus on regional variation in electoral politics and its impact on national politics • Causal and corelational analysis of congress win in 2009 election explaining changes in pattern of party politics • Role of women in electoral politics and impact of their participation.

.The Content Analysis: Strength of the book • Coverage of institutional aspect of politics by emphasizing the conceptualization of vibrant and dynamic federal system in era of coalition politics • Functional national coalition with assertive states with focus on understanding the balance between centre and state • Descriptive analysis of politics of development and electoral competition • Historical account of coalition politics in India.

ethnicity. language need more analysis . constitutional obligations like social justice requires further explanations • The political process concerning issues of identity.Points of Discussion • Elections may be a necessary but it is not a sufficient process to understand the Indian democracy • The relationship between democracy and politics is very complex in Indian context • Institutional aspects of politics like federalism.

Points of Discussion • coalition politics is not based on ideological principles but it is an affinity of interests • Limits of election studies • Dissuading trends in issues based politics • Linking electoral system and political process like and peoples movement .

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