Bridling central tyranny in India: How regional parties restrain the federal government

Anoop Sadanandan

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Successive national governments in India have invoked an emergency constitutional provision to impose direct central rule in states over 100 times since 1950. However, such central government usurpation of state governance has declined since the mid-1990s. This essay demonstrates how India's regional parties, by entering into opportunistic alliances with national parties and joining coalition central governments, have become effective barriers against central dominance. It also identifies the specific dynamics through which this effective veto power is exercised.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-269
Number of pages23
JournalAsian Survey
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012



  • Article 356
  • Federalism
  • India
  • President's rule
  • Regional parties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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