Economic governance: Does it make or break a dominant party equilibrium? The case of India

@article{Sharma2019EconomicGD,
  title={Economic governance: Does it make or break a dominant party equilibrium? The case of India},
  author={Chanchal Kumar Sharma and Wilfried Swenden},
  journal={International Political Science Review},
  year={2019},
  volume={41},
  pages={451 - 465}
}
Why do voters re-elect the same party for prolonged periods of time even when there are reasonable alternatives available? When and why do they stop doing so? Based on a quantitative analysis of elections between 1972 and 2014, we test the significance of ‘economic governance’ for the continuance and fall of one-party dominance. With data from India we show that, under a command economy paradigm, a national incumbent party sustains its dominance by playing politics of patronage, but in a… 
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