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.
|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|
|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|
|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|