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Divided We Govern: Coalition Politics in Modern India

Sanjay Ruparelia


This book investigates the rise and fall of the broader parliamentary left, and the dynamics of national coalition governments, in modern Indian democracy. Since the 1970s, socialist, communist and regional parties in India have sought to forge a progressive “third force.” Most scholars typically dismiss its principal manifestations—the Janata Party, National Front and United Front—as inherently opportunistic coalitions of power-seeking politicians. Employing a variety of methods and resources, including the rare confidential testimonies of key political actors, this book provides a fine-grain ... More

Keywords: India, coalition governments, parliamentary democracy, elections, federalism, socialists, communists, regional parties, Janata Party, political judgment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190264918
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264918.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanjay Ruparelia, author
New School