ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Continuity amid Change in India's Political Economy from 1980 to 2004

The social coalition that benefited from India's central government's economic policies remained unchanged between the pre- and post-economic reforms periods. The economic policies promoted by the central government between 1980 and 2004 - irrespective of the political party heading the Cabinet - mostly benefited the middle class and the corporate sector, while the poor and the rural world were clearly relegated to a secondary position in the governments' policy priorities. From this point of view the election of the United Progressive Alliance government in 2004 might constitute a more important break with the past.

The author would like to thank James Manor, E Sridharan and Michelguglielmo Torri for their comments on a previous draft.

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