NIAS Thesis Proposal Presentation: Understanding Political Conflict and Alliance Formation: A Case Study of two Assembly Elections in Kerala (2006 and 2011)

Thesis  Proposal  Presentation

Title: Understanding Political Conflict and Alliance Formation: A Case Study of two Assembly Elections in Kerala (2006 and 2011)

Date: Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Speaker: Mr. Shyam Hari P

Time:  10:30 am

Venue:  Lecture Hall, NIAS

Abstract:

Understanding role of alliance formation in political conflict has gained academic interest in the recent years. Studying electoral politics as a dominant form of political conflict and by viewing it through the prism of conflict studies potentially offers newer and critical dimensions of understanding the presumably controlled conflict and its often concealed dynamics. Multiple contenders of these political conflicts raise a number of issues to further their interests. Critical engagement with the alliance formation in political conflict is a key element to understand the character and facet of interactions between various contenders and the issues involved. In this proposed study, attempts are made to critically analyze the nature and extent of political conflict and the process of alliance formation. The study seeks to understand and identify the multiple contenders and issues that are involved in a conflict. It aims to do so because identifying the contenders, their realistic frustrations, genuine grievances and interests play an important role in understanding the conflict. The realistic interests in a political conflict mostly hub around winning an election, or other connected goals. The immediately identifiable contenders involved in the said realistic conflict are mostly the political parties. However, the ‘nonrealistic’ interests represented in various forms also play important roles in the conflict. At the same time, contenders other than the political parties such as the various social groups also influence the very nature of the conflict. Hence, alliances formed among the social groups outside the mainstream political discourse of alliance formation also play an important role in understanding the nature, issues and extent of a conflict. Keeping these dynamics in mind, the present study focuses upon the political conflict dynamics and alliance formation in the state of Kerala. The case selected focuses upon two state legislative assembly elections of 2006 and 2011.

 

All are invited to attend

Date: 
Tuesday, January 3, 2017