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Social cleavages, party organization, and the end of single-party dominance: Insights from India

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When do electorally dominant parties lose power in democracies? Drawing on the experiences of India's states during the period of Indian National Congress dominance, we argue that single-party dominance is less likely to endure under two conditions: first, when one of the opposition parties possesses a longstanding and robust party organization and, second, when there is a single social cleavage dividing the political class into two main cleavage groups. Both conditions contribute to the demi...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Blavatnik School of Government
Oxford college:
St Hilda's College
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Publisher:
City University of New York Publisher's website
Journal:
Comparative Politics Journal website
Volume:
52
Issue:
1
Pages:
149-188(40)
Acceptance date:
2018-07-28
ISSN:
0010-4159
Pubs id:
pubs:907391
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uuid:6200776e-3aa8-4cd5-8a01-5c8616c250a4
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907391
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pubs:907391

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