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Thursday, Sep 23, 2021
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Unstable Is Not Ugly

There are substantive reasons to dispute the notion that unstable coalitions are more profligate.

Unstable Is Not Ugly
Unstable Is Not Ugly
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Outlook, May 17, reported a research by prof Bhaskar Dutta that, it claimed, conclusively proved that coalition governments have been for the Indian economy. A strong claim. Conclusive proof is rare in social science. Stimulated, I read Dutta's original research papers, which, like all his work, were of the highest quality. However, they made no claims to offering conclusive proof about anything. My feeling was that it would be premature on the basis of this research to draw any links between contemporary Indian coalition politics and Indian economic performance. Here's why.

Let's begin by saying what the research is not about. First, it's concerned exclusively with state governments. It makes no claims about central government coalition politics. It would be politically convenient but methodologically wrong to extend the conclusions of this study to talk about Delhi coalitions. Since the baba log dislike dhotiwallahs and lungiwallahs messing about in Delhi and prefer two-party rule, I think this is an important point to assert as I can think of several chatterati with...

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