Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Party aggregation in India: a state level analysis

Diwakar, Rekha (2010) Party aggregation in India: a state level analysis. Party Politics, 16 (4). pp. 477-496. ISSN 1460-3683

Full text not available from this repository.
Identification Number: 10.1177/1354068809343108


Existing research on party aggregation focuses on the national level, relating it to changes in the federal distribution of powers. I argue that party aggregation also affects sub-national party systems, and therefore that study of party aggregation needs to extend beyond the national level. A comparative analysis reveals that party aggregation at the Indian sub-national (state) level does not respond uniformly to changes in the federal distribution of powers. While federal centralization has positive and significant effects on the number of parties in Indian states, the effects of federal decentralization are relatively less important. Furthermore, Indian states that are highly dependent on the national government have fewer parties and a higher degree of party aggregation. I conclude that existing analysis of party aggregation is simplistic, and that we need to develop a more comprehensive set of explanatory factors by which to study this phenomenon and to extend research in this area to the sub-national level.

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2010 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Public Policy Group
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2010 13:35
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:02

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item