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Coalition Politics: Withering of National—Regional Ideological Positions?
Coalition politics: Withering of national—regional ideological positions?

Electoral politics in the 20th century has been mirrored by a nation-building project propelled by a one-party dominant system. Politics since 1989 redefined the role of national and regional political parties, as it transformed the content of electoral discourse and use of ideological filters as per convenience. In this chapter, an attempt has been made to capture the tensions between state politics, populist politics, and people's politics. It also deals with the politics of “presence” and of “representation” in their interaction with democracy, federalism, and diversity as reflected in elections. To undertake this task, there is a need to capture the changing spectrum of interactive relationship between political parties, citizens, and the ...

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