The Impact of Political Defection on Democratic Stability: A Case Study of India


  • Palka Sharma Research Scholar (Political Science), Bhagwant University, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
  • Dr. Sunita Sinha Research Guide, Bhagwant University, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
  • Dr. Vinod Kumar Saini Research Guide, Bhagwant University, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India



Indian Democracy, Irresistible, Phenomenon, Anti-Defection Law, Political Defections, Transparent


Political defection, the act of elected representatives changing party affiliations, poses a significant challenge to democratic stability. This research paper aims to analyze the impact of political defection on democratic stability, focusing on the Indian political landscape as a case study. By examining the historical context, legal framework, and consequences of defections in India, this study seeks to shed light on the implications for democratic governance and the overall health of the political system. In the vibrant tapestry of Indian democracy, political defection has emerged as a captivating and controversial phenomenon. This enthralling case study investigates the far-reaching consequences of political defections on the cherished democratic stability of India. As a nation that cherishes its democratic ethos, India grapples with the implications of elected representatives switching allegiances from one party to another. Diving deep into the historical and political backdrop of defections in India, this study unravels the fascinating motives driving such actions. The irresistible allure of power, ideological shifts, personal aspirations, and tantalizing political incentives are just some of the riveting aspects explored. By analyzing the legal and constitutional dimensions, including the Anti-Defection Law, the study brings to light the intricate web of regulations seeking to contain this captivating political dance. Embarking on a captivating mixed-methods journey, the study ventures into the hearts and minds of key political figures and experts through thrilling interviews, unearthing primary data that electrifies the analysis. Drawing upon thrilling secondary data from media sources, official records, and scholarly works, patterns emerge, presenting a vivid portrait of the impact of political defections on democratic stability. As the mystery unfolds, the study reveals the gripping consequences of defections on the delicate balance of power within legislative bodies. Suspense builds as shifts in government composition and policies come to light, sending shockwaves through the political landscape. Amidst this intriguing drama, the study delves into the profound implications for public trust in the democratic process. Suspicion lingers as citizens ponder whether these enthralling defections are driven by self-interest or the true pursuit of the nation's welfare. In a tale of intrigue, the study exposes the enigmatic enforcement of the Anti-Defection Law, with loopholes threatening to shatter democratic stability. Coalition dynamics, policy-making, and the resilience of political parties become part of this captivating narrative, unveiling how defections can determine the fate of governments and even reshape the very fabric of the party system. As the climax approaches, the study beckons policymakers and political actors to confront the gripping challenges posed by political defections. With plot twists and turns, it lays out irresistible policy recommendations to fortify the Anti-Defection Law, nurture intra-party discipline, and illuminate the path toward a more transparent and accountable political realm.


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How to Cite

Sharma, P., Sinha, S., & Saini, V. K. (2023). The Impact of Political Defection on Democratic Stability: A Case Study of India . RESEARCH REVIEW International Journal of Multidisciplinary, 8(6), 137–141.