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Political ScienceVolume 2: Indian Democracy$
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K.C. Suri and Achin Vanaik

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198084952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198084952.001.0001

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Election Studies

Election Studies

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(p.161) 4 Election Studies
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Political Science
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Suhas Palshikar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198084952.003.0005

This chapter reviews some aspects of research on India’s state level and national level legislative elections published between 1978 and 2010. It suggests that political scientists were encouraged to study electoral politics much more seriously and vigorously because of the transformation of the structure of electoral competition and the emergence of a multi-party system. It also mentions that election studies in recent times have become more diverse and alert to the larger challenge of theorization. They now focus on the patterns of political competition and the analysis of factors that shape voters’ choices. This chapter also argues that election studies have multiple points of relevance for democracy-related research and theorization.

Keywords:   elections, India, political scientists, electoral politics, electoral competition, multi-party system, political competition, voters, election studies

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