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India's 2014 Elections

India's 2014 Elections
A Modi-led BJP Sweep

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Paul Wallace - Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Missouri, Columbia

July 2015 | 456 pages | SAGE India

India is now governed by a strong Modi-led majority party. A peaceful transference of power in terms of parties and structure as a consequence of India’s 16th national election highlights a notable degree of political maturity. The replacement of the Congress-led coalition after 10 years with a Bharatiya Janata Party clear majority is one obvious result of what can be considered a historic election. As a consequence of the 2014 elections, the emergence of a strong leader and a strong party coupled with continuing regionalism may provide a version of the state-nation system. It remains to be seen to what extent the new political structure coupled with India’s diversity will shape society, politics and governance during the next five years.

Rich in empirical and quantitative data, this volume, along with the four previous volumes, comprise the best set of national- and state-level studies for understanding India’s politics in depth.


List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Single Party and Strong Leadership Paul Wallace
The Resistance of Regionalism: BJP’s Limitations and the Resilience of State Parties Christophe Jaffrelot and Gilles Verniers
The Bharatiya Janata Party: A Victory for Narendra Modi Walter K Andersen
Gender Narratives and Elections: Mandate for Safety, Development or Rights? Rainuka Dagar
Civic Scrutiny, Organized Action and Democratic Consolidation Jyotirindra Dasgupta and Anshu N Chatterjee
Northern Cluster
Understanding the BJP’s Victory in Uttar Pradesh Sudha Pai and Avinash Kumar

Saffron Deluge Inundates Masters of Mandal Politics in Bihar Maneesha Roy and Ravi Ranjan

Reclaiming the Capital: BJP’s Clean Sweep in Delhi Ravi Ranjan

Decoding the Electoral Verdict in Punjab: Future of Regional Parties? Pramod Kumar

Kashmir and Western Cluster
Kashmir’s Contentious Politics: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same Reeta Chowdhari Tremblay and Mohita Bhatia

Mega Marketing and Management: Gujarat’s 2014 Elections Ghanshyam Shah

Maharashtra: Congress’ Dramatic Decline Suhas Palshikar and Nitin Birmal

Eastern and Southern Cluster
TMC Dethrones the LF in West Bengal after Thirty-four Years of Uninterrupted Rule Amiya K Chaudhuri

Tamil Nadu: Strategic Interaction and Alliance Choices Andrew Wyatt

Andhra Bifurcation and Electoral Outcomes: Contextual Change, Social Coalitions and Developmental Discourse Karli Srinivasulu

Karnataka: Change and Continuity in 2014 S S Patagundi and Prakash Desai

North East
BJP’s Consolidation, AIUDF’s Polarization and Congress’ Defeat in Assam Akhil Ranjan Dutta

About the Editor and Contributors

The book furnishes a holistic over-view of the 16th Lok Sabha elections and looks into the varied factors that catapulted the Bharatiya Janta Party into power, while also attempting to examine the reasons behind the decline of the grand old Congress Party. It emphasizes the end of coalition politics, with a singleparty coming into power with a clear majority…. A comprehensive volume…  with lots of  empirical and quantitative data for scholars and policymakers.

Economic and Political Weekly, 30 January 2016

“A holistic over-view of the 16th Lok Sabha elections and looks into the varied factors that catapulted the Bharatiya Janta Party into power

Economic and Political Weekly

The book brings together academicians from across the country and seeks to provide a holistic understanding of what led to Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) emphatic victory…. Nonetheless, as a rich source of information on voting patterns, and electoral campaigns, this book is an important addition to the academic literature on this Lok Sabha election.

Studies in Indian Politics,
Volume 4 (Issue 1), June 2016

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