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The U.S.-India civil nuclear energy agreement triggered a contentious debate in India from 2005 to 2008. Regional political actors played crucial and unanticipated roles in the debate. We present explanations for the positions adopted by the main actors and the level of contention. We find that parties’ positions were driven not by ideology but by the compulsions of coalition politics.


Published as Sasikumar, Karthika, and Gilles Verniers. “The India-U.S. Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Explaining the Contentious Indian Debate.” Asian Survey, vol. 53, no. 4, 2013, pp. 679–702. © 2013 by the Regents of the University of California. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center. SJSU users: use the following link to login and access the article via SJSU databases.