Critical Realignment and Democratic Deepening: The Parliamentary Elections of 2014 and 2019 in India

In The 2019 Parliamentary Elections in India, pp. 61-86. Routledge, 2022.

40 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2022

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Subrata Kumar Mitra

Heidelberg University

Jivanta Schottli

Dublin City University

Markus Pauli

Dublin City University; National University of Singapore; Yale-NUS; Heidelberg University

Date Written: June 21, 2022

Abstract

‘Watershed’, ‘historic’ ‘epochal’ were used to describe India’s 2014 General Elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party secured the first single-party majority in three decades, forming the Government, as the National Democratic Alliance. We argue that the sixteenth Lok Sabha elections and its aftermath constitute a re-alignment, not a clean break with the past and that this is confirmed by the 2019 General Elections.

Keywords: parliamentary elections, Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP, Indian National Congress, Congress Party, Narendra Modi, re-alignment, party competition, democracy, Lok Sabha, National Democratic Alliance, India, election, critical election, majority, elections campaign, turnout, vote share, vote swing, good

Suggested Citation

Mitra, Subrata Kumar and Schottli, Jivanta and Pauli, Markus, Critical Realignment and Democratic Deepening: The Parliamentary Elections of 2014 and 2019 in India (June 21, 2022). In The 2019 Parliamentary Elections in India, pp. 61-86. Routledge, 2022., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4142698

Subrata Kumar Mitra

Heidelberg University

Jivanta Schottli

Dublin City University ( email )

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