South Asia Seminar - Adam Ziegfeld: India's 2014 General Election: Earthquake, Tremor, or Politics as Usual?

Adam Ziegfeld
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University

India's 2014 General Election: Earthquake, Tremor, or Politics as Usual?

Media coverage of India's 2014 election widely touted the BJP's victory as representing a seismic shift in India's politics. However, a closer look at prior election results in India, the nature of the 2014 verdict, and broader concepts in the study of voting behavior suggest otherwise. At best, much more evidence is required before 2014 can be considered a major realignment in India's politics. Equally likely, the 2014 election will ultimately be understood as representing only a modest change in the electoral landscape and reflecting many common patterns observed in democracies around the world.

Dates: 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 4:30pm
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