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Redrawing the body politic: federalism, regionalism and the creation of new states in India

Mawdsley, Emma (2002) Redrawing the body politic: federalism, regionalism and the creation of new states in India. Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 40 (3), pp. 34-54. ISSN 1466-2043.


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In 2000 the federal map of India was redrawn to create three new states, signifying a significant shift in the attitude of many of India's major political parties towards territorial reorganisation. This paper suggests that a new era in the political economy of India - associated with economic liberalisation; the rise of the Hindu right; the regionalisation of politics; and the emergence of a coalitional system of government in New Delhi - provides a new 'field of opportunities' for regions demanding state recognition. The paper concludes that, in this matter, the major political parties are driven primarily by expediency and opportunism rather than, as is claimed, by an evaluation of the democratic and developmental potential of smaller states.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The author was at the University of Durham when this article was published. She is now Lecturer in Geography at Birkbeck College.
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Federalism, Regionalism, Territorial Reorganisation, Economic Liberalisation, New States, India
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Geography, Environment and Development Studies
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:32

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