Abstract

Abstract:

Even in India, the South Asia’s oldest and largest democracy and a place where that form of govenment has become “the only game in town,” its deepening and broadening face important challenges. Indeed, while the country’s party system may look robust, it is in crisis. Hardly a single party is known for its commitment to internal democracy. With the exception of the two communist parties, almost no party harbors any real ideological commitments. Most party leaders care for little other than winning office and its vast benefits. The two dominant parties, the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), though seemingly representing differing political agendas, have much more in common than first meets the eye. Given this context, the chances that political and economic reforms can be enacted after the next election prospects are limited.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 93-104
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-15
Open Access
No
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