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India's 2009 Elections

India's 2009 Elections
Coalition Politics, Party Competition and Congress Continuity

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Paul Wallace - Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Ramashray Roy - Former Director, Centre of the Studies of Developing Societies
Critical Acclaim

May 2011 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
India's 2009 Elections is an inquiry into the 15th General Elections of India. It explores how the elections played out, what factors influenced the electorate, and how the elections are an important contribution to India's democracy.


Authored by renowned scholars and analysts from various backgrounds, the collection of articles critically examines multiple areas of the Indian polity:

- Coalition and alliance politics, representation, national integration, and women's participation.

- Dominant party, competitive two-party and multi-party states including Gujarat, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, and the northeast states.

- Caste, tribal, and ethnic politics.


According to the contributors, the public outcome of the 2009 elections indicated a demand for integrity, continuity, and competence-values that were considered almost obsolete in today's political scenario. At the same time, the contributors admit to problems in structure, providing for minority cultures, stability, and contentious public policy issues.

Thematic Studies
Introduction: Political Stability and Government Coherence

Paul Wallace
Regional Base and National Dream: Alliance Formation, 2009 National Elections

Ramashray Roy
Coalition Politics: Withering of National-Regional Ideological Positions?

Pramod Kumar
Region, Representation and National Cohesion: Public Space in India

Jyotirindra Dasgupta
Federalism, Party System and Structural Changes in India

Maneesha Roy
Gender Discourse in Elections: Constructing a Constituency?

Rainuka Dagar
The BSP in 2009: Still Making Progress, But Only As a Dalit Party

Christophe Jaffrelot
Analytical State Studies
One Favoured (dominant) Party System
Gujarat. "Goebbel's Propaganda and Governance: The 2009 Lok Sabha Elections in Gujarat.

Ghanshyam Shah
West Bengal. "Mapping a political challenge: West Bengal 2009

Amiya K Chaudhuri
Alternating Two-Party Systems
Rajasthan: "Silent Tsunami in Rajasthan: BJP Bastion Busted in 2009"

Bhawani Singh & Vibhuti Singh Shekhawat
Kerala: "The LDF's Debacle: Kerala Votes for National Stability"

G Gopa Kumar
Maharashtra: "Maharashtra: Still a Bipolar System, but Turmoil Ahead

Raghavendra Keshavarao Hebsur
Karnataka: "The Surge of Saffron: Some Genuine and Some Imitation?"

Raghavendra Keshavarao Hebsur
Andhra Pradesh: "Political Mobilization, Competitive Populism and Changing Party Dynamics in Andhra Pradesh"

Karli Srinavasulu / Multi-Party States
Bihar. "Identity Politics Recycled: 2009 Lok Sabha Election in Bihar"

Binoy Shanker Prasad
Jammu & Kashmir: "Ethnic-Religious Crisis & Electoral Democracy: Jammu and Kashmir Elections, 2008 and 2009"

Praveen Krishna Swami
Northeast India: "Democracy, Ethnic Fractionalization & Competitive Politics: The Case of States in Northeast India"

Rajesh Dev


[The book] provides some interesting insights into an election which was the first in recent history to be devoid of high decibel emotional issues…. India’s 2009 Elections is an informative volume, not just for facts and figures but also for analysis, keeping some broad themes of Indian electoral politics front and centre.

The Financial Express

This edited volume deserves to be acknowledged as a very valuable addition to the literature on election studies in India. It deserves to be read by all those political scientists, media persons and political leaders who are interested in understanding the nature of Indian Politics in general and that of the state politics in particular. The editors and publishers must be complimented for producing this useful and elegant volume which is available at an affordable price.


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