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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 1-06
Prospects for Indian Democracy: Stability and Limits of the Democratic Regime in the Era of the Multi-party System and Economic Growth


Generally, it is said that India’s democratic system is extremely stable compared to other developing countries. Until now, however, it was rare to examine the meaning of such “stability.” What is the relationship between political stability and the problem-solving capability of Indian democracy? What are the achievements of Indian democracy?

To answer these questions in relation to the stability and capability of Indian democracy is very important because, through answering these questions, we can distinguish between what India can do within the context of democratic stability, and, what it cannot.

For example, will India be able to manage the violent ultra-leftist movement in the backward regions through the ordinary democratic process without using force? It does not appear that these questions have ever been analyzed and answered systematically and in depth.

Indian democracy has entered a new era under the multi-party system since the end of the 1980s, with coalition governments and frequent changes of ruling parties. However, it has managed to maintain basic political stability and the capability to cope with various problems. The purpose of this study group is to verify the meaning of the stability of the democratic system of India, and the limits of its capability.


April 2007 - March 2009


Members of the Research Project

OTA Hitoshi
SATO Hiroshi (Eminent Research Scholar on India)
INOUE Kyoko (Professor, Daito Bunka University)
MORI Hideki (Associate Professor, Matsuyama Shinonome College)
ASANO Noriyuki (Associate Professor, Seibo Jogakuin Junior College)
MIWA Hiroki (Instructor, University of Tsukuba)
NAKAMIZO Kazuya (Instructor, Meiji Gakuin University)