By Ramashray Roy, Paul Wallace
Construction on their insightful paintings on India s 1998 and 1999 parliamentary elections, unusual students Ramashray Roy and Paul Wallace s present ebook specializes in the landmark elections of 2004. Thematically divided into sections, the ebook makes a speciality of: The nationwide, theoretical, and comparative views on participation of girls within the electoral method, caste dynamics, faith, and nationalism, in addition to federalism and factionalism State-specific reviews of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Orissa, and West Bengal Tribal politics, at a time while the politicization of ethnic identities is being more and more felt in quite a few elements of India Bringing jointly individuals from India and overseas, this quantity provides to the physique of labor on electoral politics and social swap in India, and should be of curiosity to scholars and lecturers of political technological know-how, newshounds, in addition to the trained, normal reader.
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24 The Constitution combines in itself both substantive goals that the society as a whole must seek to realize and the procedural rules for articulating, defining and realizing these goals. This combination, it must be emphasized, is not at all fully compatible. Two incompatibilities need to be pointed out here. In the first place, the Constitution embodies procedural rules that are supposed to endure in the face of the ongoing changes in society and regulate both the direction and content of these changes.
7 There are several factors that account for the differential patterns of party competition in different states. The divergent state patterns of electoral competition present a variegated picture of electoral competition. This underlines the fact that diverse trends operate in different states indicating that when Congress dominance began to wilt, it reflected the decline in its social support base. If, as Chhibber and Petrocik argue, the Congress party is a coalition of state parties joined together in the venture of capturing power at the national and state levels,8 it follows that when the Congress lost its pre-eminent position and as politicization of state-based forces grew in intensity, the social bases from which the Congress drew its support began to move away to regional or state parties.
Faced with this fateful situation, firmness can easily be sacrificed at the altar of expedience. The reflection of this phenomenon in the case of Vajpayee was the lack of firmness and indecision. K. 14 Vajpayee’s determination to ensure continuity of the coalition for the full term, along with his personality trait emphasizing indecision and lack of firmness, combined to make the NDA coalition rich in rhetoric but very poor in performance. ’ Subramanian cites one very revealing example of how Vajpayee’s mind worked.