ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Upstaging Anti-Incumbency

A recent discernible trend in electoral politics in India is that of political parties defying anti-incumbency and winning successive terms. Strong leaders at the regional level innovate in terms of electoral strategy and public policy to keep on winning. Out of the 22 states that went to the polls in 2009-13, the incumbent ruling party was re-elected in 14 states. In all other instances it was either national parties or national and regional party coalitions that won successive elections.

This article is based on an earlier paper presented at a conference on “Democracy, Governance and Political Parties” held at Hyderabad University in December 2012.

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