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

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Revisiting State Level Parties

Today, on the eve of the elections to the 14th Lok Sabha we are witnessing a very competitive party system. While the decline of the Congress can be seen as a moment of 'opening up' of party competition it has also brought with it a convergence among the competitors that obfuscates the advantages of the openness. Does it then mean that the moment of opening up is also constitutive of a closure? The following collection of articles may help in resolving this riddle. The articles, revisiting the phenomenon of state level parties, attempt to locate the new spaces created by them and the effects of their accommodation within the framework of all-India competition.

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