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Individual Incumbency Dataset

TCPD-IID is a dataset of candidates contesting elections with a unique politician identifier.

The main feature of most Indian politicians’ political career is their short duration. It is quite common in any election that the majority of incumbent MPs or MLAs do not serve a second term. In the 2014 General elections, 318 MPs were first-time MPs.

In order to quantify this phenomenon, we are developing a name matching software that identifies possible identical names, in order to facilitate the coding of individual political careers and therefore, individual incumbency.

Our tool is called Surf.  Contact us if you are interested in using Surf for other datasets.

If a variable(s) drawn from the TCPD-IID dataset plays an important role in your project (published or unpublished), please use all the suggested citations below:

“Individual Incumbency Dataset, 1962-current”. Trivedi Centre for Political Data, Ashoka University.

 Sudheendra Hangal, Mohit Kumar, Basim U Nissa and Gilles Verniers. 2019.
Incumbency Visualization

The visualisation shows all candidates contesting for an assembly election for a state. They’re split into columns by party, with the colours indicating the party they contested from during the last election. The project aims to look at incumbency and cross-party movement of candidates.

Incumbency Profile of Candidates in Indian General Elections. Trivedi Centre for Political Data, Ashoka University.

Tikekar, Shivangi and Sudheendra Hangal. 2019.