The political determinants of central governments' economic policies in India: an empirical investigation



Using annual data from India, we investigate whether central governments' economic policies are affected by two political considerations—the proximity of an election to the national legislative assembly, and the nature of the central government (single-party versus coalition). We find that economic policies are responsive to election timing. On the other hand, economic policies are largely insensitive to government type. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.