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Pre-Electoral Coalitions in the 2009 and 2014 Indian General Elections

Two papers, one to be written after the 2014 election, on how parties decided on seat-sharing arrangements in pre-electoral coalitions, state by state, for both major alliances and minor alliances, in the 2009 and 2014 elections, is being carried out by both data and intensive interviews with the key players in negotiating such deals in both major parties and other parties. This is a new subject which has not been empirically explored yet, and will result in papers that goes beyond the empirical work and theorizing of an earlier paper (E. Sridharan, Economic and Political Weekly, Dec. 18, 2004) on the 2004 election on the same subject.