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The fragmented Lok Sabha: a case for electoral engineering

By Bhaskar Dutta


Where there are numerous small political parties, as in\ud India, the electoral system neither reflects the true views\ud and opinions on important social and economic issues\ud nor does it incorporate “social inclusiveness” . The\ud fragmentation in our legislature can be corrected\ud through appropriate electoral engineering. This study is\ud an attempt to do so. It describes how the composition of\ud the Lok Sabha has changed since 1967, paying particular\ud attention to the trends in indices of fragmentation. It also\ud discusses issues relating to the “ideal” composition of a\ud legislature and of a government

Topics: DS, JQ
Publisher: The Economic and Political Weekly
Year: 2009
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