October 27, 2019
Lessons from Jat and Maratha Heartland
In this article for the New Indian Express, Shankkar Aiyar unpacks ten lessons from the recent electoral verdict in Maharashtra and Haryana.
May 22, 2019
For Federalism to Function, We Need Midterm Legislative Assembly Elections
The midterm system not only preserves but also facilitates federalism, retains the power of citizens, establishes a unique check on ruling parties at both the tiers and delivers significantly over the current system.
March 25, 2019
Economy: good, bad and ugly views
In this article for the New Indian Express, Shankkar Aiyar discusses the good, bad and ugly views surrounding the debate around the economy as we approach the 2019 general elections in India....
March 22, 2019
Voter Behavior When Simultaneous Elections are Held
This Scroll article quotes an IDFC Institute 2015 article to discuss the effect of holding simultaneous elections at the Legislative Assembly and the Parliamentary level on election outcomes. The article states:...
March 22, 2019
Indias Federalism Faces a Challenge from its Electoral Politics
December 04, 2018
Sops as Solutions, the Road to Serfdom
The stark reality is that every party is ensuring its electoral fortunes by parading sops as the solution for every failure.
September 03, 2018
Why Centre must give up the idea of simultaneous polls to Parliament and assemblies
The proposal for simultaneous elections to Parliament and state assemblies seems unworkable for now.
August 08, 2018
Rising political diversity driving realignments
According to a new paper by IDFC Institute, a less stable party system may not allow for sound policymaking, resulting in a more populist model of governance
August 02, 2018
Political Diversity and Competition in India
Utilising data on election results from 1952 to 2017, this paper offers a comprehensive and up-to-date evaluation of fragmentation and consolidation of political power in India.
July 12, 2018
Simultaneous elections are a bad idea
‘One nation, one election’ might sound appealing, but it will have a number of anti-democratic consequences.