The 2019 Parliamentary Elections in India: Democracy at the Crossroads?

Author:   Subrata K. Mitra (Heidelberg University, Germany) ,  Rekha Saxena (University of Delhi, India) ,  Pampa Mukherjee (Panjab University, India)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9781032198323


Pages:   34
Publication Date:   17 June 2022
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(1) This is a comprehensive book on India's electoral democracy and political system. (2) It contains an in-depth analysis of the crucial 2019 Parliamentary elections in India, with contributions from scholars such as Subrata Mitra, Jivanta Schoettli, Rekha Saxena, Hilal Ahmed, and Arjan H. Schakel. (3) This book will be of interest to departments of South Asian Politics and political and election studies. It will also interest professionals and those in politics, public policy and governance, civil society organisations, media and journalists.

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Author:   Subrata K. Mitra (Heidelberg University, Germany) ,  Rekha Saxena (University of Delhi, India) ,  Pampa Mukherjee (Panjab University, India)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Weight:   0.720kg
ISBN:  

9781032198323


ISBN 10:   103219832
Pages:   34
Publication Date:   17 June 2022
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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'This great collection of essays is a rich addition to the body of literature on India's vibrant electoral democracy. It raises and answers questions like whether India's democracy is at the crossroads, how resilient it is, how is the rise and decline of political parties affecting the trajectory of democracy and the regional dynamics. A compelling read.' S. Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India 'Compelling and persuasive analyses of party politics and voter support at both Union and regional levels reveal the remarkable transformations of Indian political cleavages extended by the 2019 parliamentary elections. The authors see, on balance, a deepening democratic engagement, but do not lose sight of the continuing challenges. Including the chapters on women, Muslims and on some of the regions adds depth to the book, as well as to the main argument.' G. Bingham Powell, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester, author of Contemporary Democracies: Participation, Stability and Violence (1982), and former Managing editor, American Political Science Review 'The book provides a panoramic view of vibrant Indian democracy. It draws attention to the mass participation in elections, which holds elected representatives accountable for their deeds, and responsive to popular needs. The complexity and intensity of Indian elections have kept political parties on tenterhooks, in nervous anticipation of electoral outcomes. In addition to dissecting the national impact of elections, the book brings out the salience of regions, gender, religion and leadership in ensuring the resilience and vitality of the democratic process. It proves that Indian democracy continues to be in fine fettle.' Vinod Rai, Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, (ISAS), Singapore, and former Comptroller and Auditor General of India 'Subrata K Mitra, one of our foremost political scientists, and his co-editors Rekha Saxena and Pampa Mukherjee, have put together over a dozen chapters to explain why elections in India, intensely contested, aren't a mere picture post-card -- they are the beating heart of Indian democracy and its lifeblood as well. But what happens when elections, like in 2014 and 2019, bring in the most powerful single-party government in 30 years? Can voting protect institutions, strengthen checks and balances? The Parliamentary Elections of 2019 in India, Democracy at a Crossroads? stays away from any cliched, reflexive answers. Instead, it forces us to rethink the most vital question of them all: how do citizens and voters keep democracies vibrant and safe? Amid the sombre, funereal chants on the co-morbidities of democracy, comes this powerful voice of dissent -- loud and clear and hopeful.' Raj Kamal Jha, Chief Editor, The Indian Express 'Central to any democracy is the belief in the ability of the voter to makerational choices in choosing governments. Prof Subrata Mitra and othercontributors to this volume tell us how the vibrant relationship betweencitizens, parties and political institutions in India has been shaping itsdemocracy. Their critical, balanced and objective analysis of India'srecent parliamentary elections dispel the notions of India's democracybacksliding. They tell us about the resilience and consolidation of India'sdemocracy, its changing electorate and the party system, as well as thechallenge of combining democracy and development.' K.C. Suri, Professor, Central University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India 'The title of latest volume assembled by the distinguished scholar, Subrata Kumar Mitra and his two colleagues, poses a profound question: The Parliamentary Elections of 2019 in India: Democracy at a Crossroads? This question is not only critical for India but also for much of democratic governance around the globe. The contributors to this volume give us an answer to this puzzle that I believe is utterly correct. India, has bounced back from challenges to good governance before and will do so again and exactly for the reasons the that volume states. Where there are well formed, solid institutions that promote and encourage competition, as there are in India, then when people feel their rights and freedoms might be in jeopardy, they turnout through the electoral process to preserve democracy and its enormous benefits for them. The people and institutions are the solid foundation of persistent democracy.' Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Julius Silver Professor of Politics, New York University and co-author of The Dictator's Handbook


'This great collection of essays is a rich addition to the body of literature on India's vibrant electoral democracy. It raises and answers questions like whether India's democracy is at the crossroads, how resilient it is, how is the rise and decline of political parties affecting the trajectory of democracy and the regional dynamics. A compelling read.' S. Y. Quraishi, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India 'Compelling and persuasive analyses of party politics and voter support at both Union and regional levels reveal the remarkable transformations of Indian political cleavages extended by the 2019 parliamentary elections. The authors see, on balance, a deepening democratic engagement, but do not lose sight of the continuing challenges. Including the chapters on women, Muslims and on some of the regions adds depth to the book, as well as to the main argument.' G. Bingham Powell, Jr., Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester, author of Contemporary Democracies: Participation, Stability and Violence (1982), and former Managing editor, American Political Science Review 'The book provides a panoramic view of vibrant Indian democracy. It draws attention to the mass participation in elections, which holds elected representatives accountable for their deeds, and responsive to popular needs. The complexity and intensity of Indian elections have kept political parties on tenterhooks, in nervous anticipation of electoral outcomes. In addition to dissecting the national impact of elections, the book brings out the salience of regions, gender, religion and leadership in ensuring the resilience and vitality of the democratic process. It proves that Indian democracy continues to be in fine fettle.' Vinod Rai, Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, (ISAS), Singapore, and former Comptroller and Auditor General of India 'Subrata K Mitra, one of our foremost political scientists, and his co-editors Rekha Saxena and Pampa Mukherjee, have put together over a dozen chapters to explain why elections in India, intensely contested, aren't a mere picture post-card -- they are the beating heart of Indian democracy and its lifeblood as well. But what happens when elections, like in 2014 and 2019, bring in the most powerful single-party government in 30 years? Can voting protect institutions, strengthen checks and balances? The Parliamentary Elections of 2019 in India, Democracy at a Crossroads? stays away from any cliched, reflexive answers. Instead, it forces us to rethink the most vital question of them all: how do citizens and voters keep democracies vibrant and safe? Amid the sombre, funereal chants on the co-morbidities of democracy, comes this powerful voice of dissent -- loud and clear and hopeful.' Raj Kamal Jha, Chief Editor, The Indian Express 'Central to any democracy is the belief in the ability of the voter to makerational choices in choosing governments. Prof Subrata Mitra and othercontributors to this volume tell us how the vibrant relationship betweencitizens, parties and political institutions in India has been shaping itsdemocracy. Their critical, balanced and objective analysis of India'srecent parliamentary elections dispel the notions of India's democracybacksliding. They tell us about the resilience and consolidation of India'sdemocracy, its changing electorate and the party system, as well as thechallenge of combining democracy and development.' K.C. Suri, Professor, Central University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India 'The title of latest volume assembled by the distinguished scholar, Subrata Kumar Mitra and his two colleagues, poses a profound question: The Parliamentary Elections of 2019 in India: Democracy at a Crossroads? This question is not only critical for India but also for much of democratic governance around the globe. The contributors to this volume give us an answer to this puzzle that I believe is utterly correct. India, has bounced back from challenges to good governance before and will do so again and exactly for the reasons the that volume states. Where there are well formed, solid institutions that promote and encourage competition, as there are in India, then when people feel their rights and freedoms might be in jeopardy, they turnout through the electoral process to preserve democracy and its enormous benefits for them. The people and institutions are the solid foundation of persistent democracy.' Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Julius Silver Professor of Politics, New York University and co-author of The Dictator's Handbook


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Subrata K. Mitra is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Heidelberg University, Germany. Rekha Saxena is Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, India. Pampa Mukherjee is Professor of Political Science at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.

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