Coalition Politics in India: History and Analysis of Political Alliances

10 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2017

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Manoj Kumar

Sardar Patel University, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Border Security Department, Students

Date Written: April 19, 2017

Abstract

Federalism is an instrument of power sharing between independent authorities’ viz. union and state. Coalition government is also a means of power sharing. Logically both federalism and coalition government should be complimentary to each other. As the object of sharing of power is common in both, a student of politics or law may gather the impression that coalition government is always supportive of federal form of government or constitution and sometime also gives more opportunity for expression of ideas and democratic rights to small and regional parties. In this way it seems that coalition government promotes democracy and representative administration. But there are some grey areas also of the coalition politics like sometimes the coalition which are formed after declaration of election which give rise to ‘horse trading’ for the purpose of proving majority on the floor of house of representatives. The paper discusses the development of coalition politics and explores some solutions how the grey areas in coalition politics can be minimized.

Keywords: Alliance, Elections, Democracy, Corruption, Stability, Government, Representation

JEL Classification: H89

Suggested Citation

Kumar, Manoj, Coalition Politics in India: History and Analysis of Political Alliances (April 19, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2954925 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2954925

Manoj Kumar (Contact Author)

Sardar Patel University, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Border Security Department, Students ( email )

Jodhpur
India

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